Warning: This article contains strong language and may be NSFW.
“Next time you look me in my fucking eye, I’ll beat the shit out of you.”
It’s the kind of language you might expect to hear in rowdy bar on a Friday night—not coming from the lips of a police officer, in broad daylight, directed at a teenager apparently minding his own business.
An unnamed Philadelphia cop has been shown in a recent video using some very strong language while talking to a local teen. The context of the footage is unknown, but it’s hard to imagine a situation in which the officer’s language would be appropriate. “Big man, is there a problem? Because I notice you keep trying to make eye contact with me,” says the officer. After an inaudible response, he continues: “Keep fucking walking, and next time you look me in my fucking eye, I’ll beat the shit out of you. So get the fuck outta [here]!”
NBC Philadelphia reports that the officer, who is part of the 19th District, will face disciplinary action for his remarks. “The video does not reflect well on the officer,” a Philadelphia police official told the news station.
”I have no doubt he had good reason to be exasperated, but you have to maintain your professional demeanor.”