Video captures NY deputy slapping, cursing at man

HALFMOON, N.Y. (AP-Modified) — A New York sheriff’s deputy was suspended, charged and eventually resigned after a video captured him cursing and apparently slapping a young man after the man refused to let the officer search his vehicle.

According to station WRGB, Sgt. Shawn Glans was criminally charged and resigned from his post after his encounter Friday in Halfmoon. WRGB reported Glans was charged with one count of harassment and one count of official misconduct for slapping the young man in the face.

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The man’s friend filmed the encounter. It shows Glans cursing at the man and insisting he has a right to search the vehicle, which had a rifle on the backseat. The deputy apparently slaps the man; the strike can be heard but isn’t seen. The deputy then tells the friend he could “rip your … head off.”

Glans told the newspaper the two had been acting suspicious but hadn’t broken any laws.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo calls the video disturbing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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