A police constable has found himself on the wrong side of the law following an incident at a nightclub early Saturday morning and now his job is on the line.
Sources say one of the constable’s friends was found smoking in the nightclub in contravention of their no smoking policy.
The night club’s security guard reported the incident to a police officer who was working in the club. The officer then escorted the offending patron out of the building.
As he was escorted out, he got into a scuffle with another person.
An eyewitness recounted that both people were removed from the building.
This annoyed the off-duty constable who ventured outside in search of his friend.
Armed with a Guinness bottle which he attempted to hurl, the officer argued that his companion had done nothing wrong.
Efforts to calm down the off-duty policeman were unsuccessful even after other police officers who were present identified themselves to him.
The constable, who is believed to have been intoxicated, became aggressive and unleashed a barrage of expletives at his colleagues who had intervened to quell the problem.
The eyewitness said the commotion drew a large crowd as many of the nightclub’s patrons were surprised that the police officer and his friend seemed intent on escalating the matter.
During the incident, a woman believed to be an employee of the establishment was smacked across the face by the out-of-control law enforcement officer for reasons that are unknown.
He also attacked and threatened to kill a fellow officer. A scuffle ensued between the two, but they were quickly separated.
The Special Services Unit (SSU) received a report and responded to the scene; however, the enraged constable left the scene before they arrived.
According to reports, he returned to the club more than an hour after the initial confrontation occurred. The now partially clothed officer then began driving aimlessly around the parking lot of the nightclub.
It is expected that the officer’s outrageous behaviour will land him before the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda’s disciplinary committee where he will be held accountable for his erratic behaviour.
Given the egregious nature of the incident, police sources say it is likely that he will be dismissed from the force.