Lenoir City police officer on leave after posting YouTube video

Lenoir City police officer on leave after posting YouTube video

Officer Marc Grossbard, starring in "Memoirs of a Lonely Policeman." Officer Marc Grossbard, starring in "Memoirs of a Lonely Policeman."

July 13, 2007

6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) -- A Lenoir City police officer has been placed on administrative leave after posting a video of his night shift on the popular Internet site YouTube.

The video clip was removed Monday morning, minutes after 6 News contacted the police chief for comment. 

Officer Marc Grossbard starred in the clip called "Memoirs of a Lonely Policeman" and posted it on YouTube. It appeared there under the summary "Lonely Nights."

During the clip, which lasted a little over 10 minutes, Grossbard went into a Pilot station in Lenoir City where he spoke to some other officers in uniform.

One officer pointed to another officer and told the camera that was his lover. Both officers are male.

Also in the Pilot station, Grossbard turned the camera on a female clerk behind a register, asking her to step into view but she refused. A caption added at the top of the screen read, "Me sooo horny."

Other portions of the tape featured Grossbard speaking in a Scottish accent while he drove a police cruiser. He mentioned having worked as a "personal waxer" for a porn star named Ron Jeremy.

The video clip said it was, "A preview of a small film from Angry Scotsman Productions." It was added eight months ago and had 128 views. It received a five star rating.

YouTube now displays a message that says, "This video has been removed by the user." 

"It felt unprofessional and in very bad taste," says Lenoir City Police Chief Don White.

"If he's doing something besides being a police officer, which is what he was doing, that's definitely inappropriate. And if he's obviously talking to the camera and operating the police car, that could...that a dangerous situation because he's not paying attention to what he's doing, to driving and doing what he's supposed to be doing," White says.

Lenoir City Mayor Matt Brookshire also responded to the video. "Of course, this is certainly a disappointment and it puts a blemish not only on our police force and the good work that they're doing but on the entire community, as well. So, it is disappointing."

"It's like a blatant smack in the face because he's voicing his opinion while he's in uniform," one Lenoir City resident said after seeing the tape.

"It's not proper behavior for a law enforcement agent," another resident says. "If you're a police officer, it stands to reason that people are going to put you on a higher standard."

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