Video captures NY deputy slapping, cursing at man

NY Officer Suspended After Slapping Video Goes Viral
NY Officer Suspended After Slapping Video Goes Viral

HALFMOON, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York sheriff's deputy has been suspended after a video captured him cursing and apparently slapping a young man after the man refused to let the officer search his vehicle.

The Albany Times Union reports ( ) that Sgt. Shawn Glans was suspended Saturday over the encounter Friday in Halfmoon.

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.