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Police chief: No problem with officer's behavior if drugs kept off the street

Posted October 20, 2015 6:36 p.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2015 9:41 a.m. EDT

— A video showing a Four Oaks officer screaming profanities at a suspect in custody is raising concern. The footage was captured Saturday night during a checkpoint, and the language the officer used has caused the video to go viral.

Four Oaks Police Chief Steven Anderson said the officer involved, Lt. Timothy Lebow, has been disciplined, but he won’t say what the punishment was.

Parker said he had no problem with the language or tact the officer used if it keeps drugs off the streets.

Four Oaks police released a statement detailing the events leading up to the moment the recording started.

In the statement, Lebow said he smelled marijuana coming from the suspect’s car. Lebow said when he attempted to frisk the suspect, the man tried to run a way and punched Lebow in the neck, chest and arm.

According to the statement, Lebow discharged his Taser to stop the suspect, Joshua Fillinger. The 37-year-old was charged with resisting arrest and assault on an officer, along with several drug related charges.

“Honestly, I’ve seen him football tackle someone out here before,” said Four Oaks resident Brandy Gainey.

Parker said he doesn’t condone the officer’s behavior, but said he’s glad the drugs are off the street.

Some residents said they believe Lebow should be taken off the streets as an officer.

“I don’t think anyone should treat or talk to anyone like that, especially an officer,” Four Oaks resident Amanda Lee said.

Officials said a protest against the officer’s actions is planned for Friday.