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January 08, 2012
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Video: Miss. cop disciplined for cursing during arrest

An officer shown on video using profanity before making an arrest will be disciplined for violating departmental policy

By PoliceOne Staff

BILOXI, Miss. — An officer shown on video using profanity before making an arrest will be disciplined for violating departmental policy, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said.

The unidentified officer was placed on administrative leave after a cell phone video surfaced showing a November incident outside the Hard Rock Casino, where officers were called for a complaint of several fights, according to The Associated Press. The investigation found the use of force was not excessive, but Miller said the officer's "F-bombs" — a pet peeve of his — were out of line.

"There's a policy that we have that basically, just in layman's terms, you can't be rude to folks and you can't cuss people," Miller told WLOX.  "It could have been handled differently."

The degree of discipline the officer faces remains to be determined, but Miller said he wants the public to know his officers are expected to be professional, even when facing intoxicated patrons who might be pushing buttons.

"I know that it's easy to let your temper get the best of you," Miller said. "Unfortunately, we just can't allow it."

The officer remains on paid administrative leave.






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