Police officer threatens to take man’s car if he does not buy tickets to support police departmentBy Mason White 5:13 PM August 24, 2015
|Officer Matthew Zagursky with the tickets|
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A police officer in Pennsylvania, is under investigation for pressuring a man to buy tickets from him.
The police officer of Philadelphia, was seen on video telling a driver to buy tickets to support a police fundraiser or have his car towed.
Officer Matthew Zagursky was placed on desk duty after the video of him warning 2 men to buy tickets or have their car towed was uploaded to the Internet.
“Zagursky embarrassed the police department and may have committed a crime,” said Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
In the video, which appears to be recorded from inside the car, the officer in uniform was heard asking the men: “You and your friend got any money to buy these thrill show tickets? Either you buy these or I take your car.”
He then went on to explain that he can take the car “cause it’s unregistered.”
The officer explained that the tickets are $10 each. When the man agreed to buy 2 tickets, the officer told him to hand over $30 to buy 3 tickets, and the victim complied.
The tickets are being sold to raise money for families of police officers and firefighters who died on duty.
Ramsey said that the police department hands out these tickets to officers, but they do not demand that officers to sell a certain number of tickets.