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Police officer arrests man for assault at bar, then stops for karaoke


A Scottish policeman was caught entertaining pub crowds with his karaoke skills after being called to the establishment to arrest an unruly patron.

Called in Wednesday night to respond to an alleged assault in Glasgow, Sergeant Jon Harris showed the pub crowd the softer side of policing as he belted out lines from Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”

Caught on film, the uniformed Sergeant was filmed by Peter Mckenna-Boyd, who said “everybody just loved it.”

According to the BBC, McKenna-Boyd told their Scottish radio affiliates that the pub had just launched a Wednesday event that involved games and karaoke. When Sergeant was speaking to the host, she suggested he should sing.

“He was hilarious,” McKenna-Boyd said. “Especially his pointing and his dance moves. The other policemen were standing and clapping and cheering. Not sure if he was their boss but when they first saw him it was like their dad had just got up on the karaoke.”

Chief Inspector Mark Southerland told the BBC that “Around [7:10 PM] on Wednesday evening, officers were called following an alleged assault within the Waterloo Bar on Argyle Street in Glasgow city centre. A full and thorough investigation led to the arrest of a 23-year-old male who is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on June 2nd. Once the inquiry had concluded and the victim’s safety ensured, Sgt Jon Harris from our city centre community policing team was encouraged to participate in karaoke ongoing in the pub. ‘Sgt Jon’ took to the stage which helped to defuse any simmering tensions in the pub.”

The Chief Inspector lauded the Sergeant’s actions, citing his professionalism in keeping a tense situation contained.

“I was pleased to see that once the incident had been professionally concluded, my officers were able to share a lighter moment with those who remained in the pub.”


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