A sheriff’s deputy in Bartow County, Georgia has been fired and charged with assault following the release of a viral video purportedly showing the off-duty police officer and his fiancée get into a heated, expletive-filled exchange with their neighbor.
Haley Truncer says she filmed the encounter with Brison Strickland, 28, and his fiancée Kristen Smith, 25, on her phone as she asked the couple to keep the noise down. Truncer told the couple she was caring for a 3-month-old child who was trying to sleep, and that music and screaming were keeping the infant up; Truncer also noted it was after midnight.
When Truncer threatened to call the police, telling them, “If you touch me, you’re going to jail,” Smith responded, “We are the f--king police, bitch!”
Strickland shouted “F--k you!” at Truncer repeatedly. “Don’t goddamn knock on our f--king door,” he added.
The profanity-filled encounter, which lasted just over a minute, was posted to Facebook by Truncer shortly afterward.
“These are the type of officers that Bartow County employs,” Truncer wrote. “This is what's supposed to ‘protect and serve’ us. All because I asked them POLITELY to keep the noise level down because it was after midnight and they were screaming and blasting music all night.”
In the post, Truncer also claimed she was assaulted, though Bartow County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jonathan Rogers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the altercation never got physical.
The video has since garnered nearly 170,000 views. Truncer turned the clip over to authorities, and filed a police report, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bartow County Sheriff’s Office subsequently fired Smith.
"During the exchange, Strickland and Smith were verbally abusive and made several claims to be police officers and used explicit language in threatening manners," the Bartow County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Neither Truncer, nor Bartow County Sheriff’s Office responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Strickland has been charged with simple assault and maintaining a disorderly house, and his fiancée Smith was also charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, according to online jail records. All the charges are misdemeanors.
The Journal-Constitution also reported that Strickland has worked for the sheriff’s office from February 2010 to July 2015, and again since 2017.
The couple posted separate $1,750 bonds and were released hours after being arrested. Records also show that Smith has prior failure to appear and violation of probation charges.
Bartow County is roughly 50 miles north of Atlanta.
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