Proving that unleashing an expletive-laden verbal tirade against a police officer is never a good idea, a Philadelphia television reporter has been fired following the release of a video of her rant.
Colleen Campbell, 28, was caught on video calling a police officer a “f***ing piece of s**t” and attempting to spit on another man after she was kicked out of Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club Sunday night.
After boasting on the video that she worked at a “f***ing news station,” Campbell was fired from her job at PHL17 soon after the recording became public.
Campbell worked mostly in news production, but occasionally appeared on air as a reporter.
During a show featuring comedian Craig Robinson, Campbell was issued multiple warnings to cease her loud whispering that was disrupting his performance. After she ignored the warnings, she was asked to leave. On her way out, she reportedly had a confrontation with bar staff.
New York City comic Wil Sylvince shared the video of Campbell that was captured outside of the club.
“You guys are f***ing dictators… You’re f***ing c**k suckers,” Campbell said to a police officer.
“I did not do s**t, I stood there and laughed like the rest of the audience like I should. I did not disrupt anybody.”
Remaining calm, the officer instructed Campbell and the man she was with to walk away.
“Or what? Or what, mother f***er? Lick my a**hole,” Campbell said. “How about that? F***ing piece of s**t. That’s why nobody likes f***ing police… in this f***ing town.”
The officer placed Campbell in handcuffs after she appeared to spit in the face of a man who was standing outside the club. Campbell also removed her shoe and told the man to smell it.
“What’s that called? What’s that called? Assault? Show me videotape,” Campbell said after she was handcuffed. “You can’t. That’s why everybody hates you guys! You can’t prove it! You f***ing piece of s***s.”
Campbell then told the officer to stop tasering her, but he insisted that he was only putting her in handcuffs.
The five-minute encounter ends with Campbell shouting at the officer, informing him that she works at a news station.
Campbell faces charges of resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
All of Campbell’s social media accounts have been deleted, but not before she posted on Facebook following the emergence of the video, claiming that she had only one drink and that she might have been drugged.
In a subsequent interview with the Philly Mag, Campbell said that she had two drinks at the club and several others earlier in the evening.
“I feel awful. That’s not me or how I speak or how I talk or how I was raised. I had to delete all my social media, because I’m getting threats,” she said.
“Everything was foggy. I do remember coming in to Helium. I do remember getting into an altercation there, but I don’t remember what it was about. I don’t know what to think. I know my limits. I’m a bartender. I didn’t feel wasted walking in.”
“I wanna apologize to the officer. I don’t remember the whole altercation at all. I remember feeling attacked. I would never talk like that. It was like watching a whole different me.”
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