Video: Philly news reporter berates cop outside comedy club

She also assaulted the officer, according to police


By PoliceOne Staff

PHILADELPHIA — Police say a now ex-news reporter who was caught on video yelling at a cop while she was being arrested outside a comedy club assaulted the officer after the camera stopped rolling. 

Colleen Campbell, 28, was attending a show Sunday when she was asked to leave because she was being loud, PhillyMag reported. 

Outside the club, an officer attempted to send her home when she “pretend spit” in the club owner’s face. She then announced that she worked at news station PHL 17. 

She can be heard on video yelling “That’s why everyone hates you guys. That’s why society hates you!” at the cop as she’s being handcuffed.

Police said after the camera stopped rolling, Campbell repeatedly kicked the officer and the doors and windows of the patrol car, PhillyMag reported. 

Campbell, who has since been fired from PHL 17, claims she was drugged. 

“Everything was foggy. I do remember coming into Helium,” she told PhillyMag. I do remember getting into an altercation there, but I don’t remember what it was about.”

Campbell was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. She faces additional charges, including simple assault, terroristic threats, hindering apprehension and failure to disperse.

UPDATE 6/7/2017 (1:50 p.m. CST): Colleen Campbell has released a statement:

I am ashamed and embarrassed by my actions. They were profane, inappropriate, and offensive.

They do not reflect the person I am or how I was raised. The person in that video is not the real me.

I would like to apologize to the Philadelphia police officer who bore the brunt of my outburst, the entire Philadelphia Police Department for their patience, my former employers and coworkers whom I have let down, and my fellow patrons at Helium Comedy Club whose night out I might have disrupted.

My recollection of my time at Helium and the incident are hazy. Based on my on-air reporting career and my bartending jobs, I know my limits when it comes to drinking and I know to stay out of the limelight. My actions on that video are not the result of a handful of drinks spaced out over a couple of hours. I believe I may have been unknowingly drugged at some point that night.

I did not receive medical testing while in custody because, as I recall, I was advised by personnel at the police station that such testing would delay the process of my being released.

I am hopeful that the Philadelphia police officer who dealt with me Sunday night will allow me to apologize to him in person and express to him how truly sorry I am for what transpired.

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