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May 19, 2006
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Sept. 12, 2007, 3:45PM

Associated Press

ST. GEORGE, Mo. — A suburban St. Louis police sergeant has been put on unpaid suspension, accused of threatening to invent charges against a driver who caught the exchange on videotape.

The driver, Brett Darrow, 20, recorded Friday's exchange with Sgt. James Kuehnlein with a dashboard videocamera he installed after past run-ins with police. He posted the video online Saturday.

"I wanted everybody to see that this kind of stuff does happen," Darrow told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Tuesday's edition. "I thought if I just go to the chief or whatever, it would just get swept under the rug."

In the video, Kuehnlein approaches Darrow, who was sitting in a parked car at about 2 a.m. in a commuter lot. Kuehnlein asks for identification.

When Darrow asks whether he did anything wrong, the officer orders him out of the car and begins shouting.

"You want to try me? You want to try me tonight? You think you have a bad night? I will ruin your night. Do you want to try me tonight, young boy?"

Darrow says no.

"Do you want to go to jail for some (expletive) reason I come up with?" the police officer says. Later, Darrow says, "I don't want any problems, officer."

After about 10 minutes, Darrow is allowed to go.

The recording, posted on Google Video and YouTube on the Internet, brought more than 300 protest calls to St. George Police Chief Scott Uhrig.

"I was very displeased when I saw the actions on the video," Uhrig said.

"My officers are not trained and taught to act like that."

A listed number could not be found for Kuehnlein for comment.

Uhrig said Kuehnlein stopped to talk to Darrow because police have received reports of thefts from cars in the area. But Uhrig said the officer's actions and tone were inappropriate.

"Someone either violated the law or they didn't. You don't say, I'll lock you up and then come up with why afterward," Uhrig said.

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Jan 20, 2007
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My brother is policeman. That pisses me off because he gives the police a bad name.

Nov 5, 2005
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i saw this early this morning on the news. i was like what the hell is wrong with stupid people!?!?!

Jan 18, 2007
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Yea I heard about that. My bf got it off of his forum. Theres a video with it as well. The officer says that he doesnt use his right turn signal and he does and he also claims that he was swerving back and forth and you can tell from the kids video that he wasnt. I hate cops who abuse there authority.


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