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The TikTok video created by a uniformed Bedford, NH Police officer was made apparently while on duty using his cruiser. WBZ-TV's Paul Burton reports.
- 6:00, a Bedford, New Hampshire, police officer is off the job while the department investigates this video, here, and others that were posted online. It shows a police officer, in uniform, mocking police reform efforts.
- We're told that he was on duty when some of the videos were made. WBZ's Paul Burton spoke with the Bedford chief.
- You look like you're going to go shoot those people. Could you just not? Oh, he's pointing it at me. I'm out.
PAUL BURTON: It's this TikTok video that has landed a Bedford, New Hampshire, police officer in hot water.
JOHN BRYFONSKI: It's deeply disturbing to me, as a chief of police.
PAUL BURTON: The TikTok video created by a uniform Bedford police officer was made apparently while on duty, using his cruiser.
- Hey, stop stabbing! Stop! Stop stabbing that person. They're not stopping. I'm out. Dispatch, they didn't stop, so just show me quick.
JOHN BRYFONSKI: Whether or not it occurred in the context of today's scrutiny of law enforcement or it occurred five years ago, to me it makes no difference. It's still conduct that needs to be balanced against what the department defines as appropriate and professional.
PAUL BURTON: The officer, who the chief says has been on the force for about three years, has removed the video off of his social media account but not before a citizen grabbed it and posted it on YouTube, where it's getting a lot of comments.
- You're not answering your radio.
- Like, what are you doing?
- I was recording a TikTok, dude.
JOHN BRYFONSKI: The integrity and the trust and confidence in the Bedford Police Department clearly is shaken here.
PAUL BURTON: The officer has been put on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. The department is also looking into a second officer who may have been involved. He is still on duty.
In Bedford, New Hampshire, I'm Paul Burton, WBZ News.
- All right, Paul, thank you.