Trooper placed on desk duty after video surfaces of 'altercation' with individual

Updated: January 13, 2020 06:19 AM
Created: January 12, 2020 03:03 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A New York State Trooper has been placed on desk duty after a video was sent to News10NBC appearing to show an "altercation" with an individual in Farmington on Saturday.

"At approximately 4:10 p.m. yesterday, a trooper responded to a domestic incident at the Tops Plaza in Farmington," Major Eric Laughton said at Sunday's press conference. "When the trooper arrived, he located the individuals involved, and at some point, that trooper had an altercation with one of the individuals. I've watched the video of the incident, and I've directed an internal investigation [to] be immediately conducted."


"We're at the early stages, this incident only happened about 24 hours ago,"  Laughton continued. "The New York State Police takes any allegations of misconduct with our members quite seriously, and we'll conduct a full investigation into this incident."

Laughton said that the trooper will be held accountable if it is found he broke any law or New York State Police policy. He noted that the trooper was on road patrol before now being moved to desk duty.

State police say that no arrests have been made and no injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

The minute-long video, posted on Instagram, appears to take place at a Canandaigua National Bank and Trust location in Farmington. In the video, a man in a black shirt is being talked to by an Ontario County Sheriff's Office deputy and New York State Trooper behind law enforcement vehicles. 

The trooper is heard yelling at the individual.

"How much did you pay? How much did you pay? Nothing!" he is heard yelling. The officer then uses an expletive to tell the individual to be quiet. 

The trooper and the individual continue to exchange words before the trooper appears to have a physical altercation with the man. 

"Woah, dude!" yells someone off-camera, potentially the cameraman. 

"A little excessive, bro!" he yells.

The individual is then heard repeatedly demanding the trooper's name and badge number.

Laughton says that troopers are permitted to put their hands on someone relative to the investigation or what is happening in an arrest situation, but he could not say with specificity whether that applied to this incident.

Although an Ontario County Sheriff's deputy is seen in the video, the sheriff's office deferred all comment to state police.

The identities of the trooper and the individual involved in the altercation have not yet been released.

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