A Philadelphia police officer captured on video issuing a profanity-laced threat to a teenager for making eye contact with him will be disciplined, the department said over the weekend.
According to WCAU-TV, the department is aware of the footage circulating on social media and will hold the officer responsible.
A 12-second video posted earlier this month on Facebook depicts the cop cursing at a teenager after he made eye contact with the officer while with his group of friends. It's not clear from the video, however, what took place before the video was recorded.
“Big man, do we have a problem?” the officer asked. “Because I notice that you keep trying to make eye contact with me. Is there a problem?”
The teen then responded, but it wasn't clear what he said.
“Okay, well keep f*****g walking,” the officer replied. “The next time you look me in my f*****g eye, I’m gonna beat the s**t out you!”
An unidentified police official told WCAU that the officer did not uphold the department's standards.
"The video does not reflect well on the officer," the official said. "I have no doubt he had good reason to be exasperated but you have to maintain your professional demeanor."
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