Video: UK Police Officer Fired After Student Contact Appears on YouTube
A video making the social media rounds this week got a University of Kentucky police officer fired Wednesday. In the video titled "Illegal Dorm Search", a UK student refuses two officers access to his dorm room in Lexington. The video begins with the student quietly setting up his video camera, turning it on, giving it the middle finger, and then returning to his door where officers seemingly already had engaged him. Officers attempt to enter but the student physically blocks the door and antagonizes the officers while demanding that they produce a warrant. When officers finally did enter, physical contact between one officer and the student cost that officer his job. From the Herald-Leader:
Officer David Thompson was terminated Wednesday after the Saturday evening incident at Haggin Hall, according to a statement by UK Police Chief Joe Monroe.
The incident was investigated by the police department, and "the officer, as a result, was in violation of a number of university employment policies," Monroe said.
The student taped the incident and posted it on YouTube on Monday.
The article goes on to explain that officers are permitted to enter dorm rooms under certain circumstances but it was the physical contact that cost Thompson his job. Full story: Herald-Leader
WATCH THE VIDEO (Warning: Adult Language):
(The original video may have been taken down but it had several hundred thousands of views. This is a copy uploaded by someone other than the student, it would appear.)