VIDEO: NYS Trooper placed on desk duty after video sent to News10NBC appears to show an "altercation" with a person in Farmington on Saturday.
UPDATE: Man in trooper altercation video speaks out
The man who says he was on the receiving end of what New York State Police are calling an “altercation” is sharing his side to the story.
On Saturday, a video was sent to our news partner, News10NBC that appeared to show a trooper and another individual engaging in a physical confrontation. The individual has now identified himself as Matthew Clement.
"I never thought it would happen to me," Clement says. “If someone wasn't recording then, it would have just went unrecorded, and no one would have known."
Clement says he was waiting for the bus with his girlfriend at the Tops Plaza along State Route.96 in Farmington on Saturday when he says they started arguing and then police were called.
Clement says the trooper and an Ontario County Sheriff’s deputy showed up. Immediately, he claims, the trooper acted aggressively.
“I don't understand why, I was doing everything he asked," Clement says. "I was being cooperative."
The two exchanged words, and then things got physical. In the minute-long video, which was posted to Instagram, the trooper is seen yelling at Clement.
"How much did you pay? How much did you pay? Nothing!" he is heard yelling. The trooper then uses an expletive to tell Clement to be quiet.
After an additional exchange of words, the trooper shoves Clement, and then appears to put his hands around his throat.
Clement then repeatedly demanded the trooper's name and badge.
"I was actually scared for my life, because I have no way to defend myself," he says.
Clement was not in handcuffs at the time.
After seeing the clip Saturday, News10NBC showed the video to state police, During a briefing Sunday, Major Eric Laughton announced an investigation was underway.
"New York State Police takes any allegations of misconduct against our members quite seriously," Laughton said.
Laughton says troopers are allowed to put their hands on someone in a potential arrest situation, though he couldn't speak to this specific case.
"Now, through that investigation, if it's determined that there was a violation of law, and or a violation of New York State Police division policy, that individual would be held fully accountable," he said at the press conference.
Laughton did not name the trooper or say what preceded the video, though he did say the trooper was taken off road patrol and put on desk duty for the time being.
News10NBC: “What ideally would you like to see happen here?"
Clement: "I don't want the man to lose his job, but something needs to happen, I mean... that was over the limit."
As for that sheriff’s deputy seen in the video, News10NBC sent a copy of the video to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. They deferred comment to state police.
Major Laughton says no arrests were made in connection to the original call, and no injuries were reported.
Clement says he plans to file a complaint.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A New York State Trooper has been placed on desk duty after a video was sent to News10NBC appearing to show an "altercation" with an individual in Farmington on Saturday.
"At approximately 4:10 p.m. yesterday, a trooper responded to a domestic incident at the Tops Plaza in Farmington," said Major Eric Laughton on Sunday. "When the trooper arrived, he located the individuals involved, and at some point that trooper had an altercation with one of the individuals. I've watched the video of the incident, and I've directed an internal investiation [to] be immediately conducted."
"We're at the early stages, this incident only happened about 24 hours ago," he said in the Sunday press conference. "The New York State Police takes any allegations of misconduct with our members quite seriously, and we'll conduct a full investigation into this incident."
Major Eric Laughton said that the trooper will be held accountable if it is found he broke any law or New York State Police policy. He noted that the trooper was on road patrol before now being moved to desk duty.
NYS Trooper placed on desk duty after video surfaces of 'altercation' with individual
Further details on the incidents leading up to the altercation was released, although State Police say that no arrests have been made and no injuries were reported.
The minute-long video, posted on Instagram, appears to take place at a Canandaigua National Bank and Trust location in Farmington. In the video, a man in a black shirt is being talked to by an Ontario County Sheriff's Office Deputy and New York State Trooper behind law enforcement vehicles.
The trooper is seen yelling at the individual.
"How much did you pay? How much did you pay? Nothing!" he is heard yelling. The officer then uses an expletive to tell the individual to be quiet.
The trooper and the individual continue to exchange words before the trooper appears to have a physical altercation with the man.
"Woah, dude!" yells someone off-camera, potentially the cameraman.
"A little excessive, bro!" he yells.
The individual is then heard repeatedly demanding the trooper's name and badge number.
The identities of the trooper and the individual involved in the altercation have not yet been released.
This is a developing story with News10NBC online and on-the-air, with more updates.