A sergeant with the Saratoga County, New York, Sheriff’s Department offered his resignation on Monday after a November 7 incident in the parking lot of a Halfmoon, New York Walmart that led to criminal charges being filed against him.
The Albany Times Union reported that Sgt. Shawn R. Glans responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at a nearby business. Although the car was gone when he and his partner arrived, they located a vehicle fitting the description in the parking lot of Walmart and approached the two young men outside of it.
The officers noticed a .22 caliber rifle in the back seat and Glans demanded that the owner of the vehicle, Colin Fitch, allow him to search it. When Fitch declined to allow the search asking what Glans’ probable cause was, Glans became belligerent and said that he would get a search warrant.
Fitch’s friend, Adam Roberts, began to surreptitiously record the encounter on his cell phone, holding it at a low angle so as not to be noticed.
Fitch calmly explained that he didn’t understand why Glans wanted to search the car and asked him why.
“Let me see your f**king keys,” Glans responded.
Fitch quietly asked why and told him that he could not do that, at which point Glans stepped toward him saying, “you want to f**king resist, you want to f**king resist?”
At this point neither man’s face is visible in the video but the sound of a slap can be clearly heard and Glans grabbed the keys from Fitch’s hand and tossed them to the other deputy instructing him to search the car.
The Sheriff’s office opened an internal investigation after the video was posted to YouTube and the department’s Facebook page, suspending Glans.
On Monday morning Glans came to the Sheriff’s office and tendered his resignation; it was unclear if he knew of the criminal charges at the time. He was arraigned on Monday afternoon on one count of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation.
“His actions both as a police officer and a sergeant were completely inappropriate,” said Sheriff Michael Zurlo. “I am very disturbed. I have zero tolerance for that type of activity.”
Glans had been a deputy for 27 years as well as working part-time for the South Glens Falls police department. South Glens Falls police declined to comment on his status there.
Watch the encounter in the video below.