A disturbing video has surfaced showing an altercation between an Indiana state trooper and a road construction crew Sunday nigh on Dixie Highway near the Patton Museum in Louisville, KY.
Joey Gaddis, the man who recorded the video, says the man in the video avoided the slow sign, the light, and the cones that were marking the lane. Gaddis says that one of the paving crew employees yelled at him to slow down. That’s when he says the driver slammed on his brakes, jumped out of his personal vehicle, got into a road crew member’s face and started screaming, reported Wave 3 News.
“Runs up to one of our guys on the paver and basically gets right in their face and starts screaming,” Gaddis said. “Once he does, he pulls out a badge and says I’m a state trooper and he was in plain clothing.”
The man in the video identified himself as Trooper Harrison. On Monday, KSP spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson identified the trooper as Anthony Harrison from KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown.
In the video, Harrison approaches a paving crew employee while screaming at her and others at the scene. The construction employee told the trooper not to yell at her. Harrison responded and said, “I will yell at you.” Then came close to the employee’s face. Harrison then tried to take the camera from Gaddis.
“He basically lost it,” Gaddis said. “He just come at me, he grabbed my arm, my phone. I felt like he was trying to go for my neck. I got worried then. One of our other coworkers stepped in that’s when he actually hit one of our other coworkers in the mouth and busted his lip.”
That is when the construction workers were able to pin the trooper to the ground on the fresh asphalt.
KSP’s internal affairs branch is investigating the incident.
“It is startling,” Sgt. Lawson said. “Given the information we have just being the video, just having that to base any of our facts or opinions, just seeing the video it’s startling and upsetting.”
Sgt. Lawson said Harrison was off work Monday. No disciplinary action has been taken as the investigation is ongoing.
Watch the video of the incident below:
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)