It wasn’t quite the episode of “COPS” that the St. George, Missouri police force would want the world to see: A resourceful youngster, one Brett Darrow, 20, turned the camera on Sgt. James Kuehnlein as the officer threatened and cursed at him in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 7. Now Kuehnlein’s in trouble.
In a video that was widely viewed on the Internet, Kuehnlein is heard taunting and threatening Darrow, sometimes shouting and using profanity.
“It’s what I wanted the whole time,” Darrow told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The conduct was not forgivable.”
Police Chief Scott Uhrig said he recommended that Kuehnlein be fired based both on his language in the tape and because he violated department policy when he failed to tape the encounter himself with his police car’s camera.