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Officer decommissioned after YouTube video surfaces

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A Metro police officer is under investigation for what he did to a religious protestor on the way to a Titans' game.

The officer was off-duty at the time, but the whole incident ended up on YouTube, and now has many talking.

On his website, John McGlone, a sort of sidewalk preacher, said he works full-time reaching out on college campuses, at festivals and on the streets to spread his message.

It was on a street, just outside of LP Field and right before a pre-season Titans game, where an encounter recently landed a Metro police officer in big trouble.

The officer, Vincent Archuleta, walked by the preacher with his wife, then got into it with McGlone over something he said.

First Archuleta sort of slapped or hit McGlone, then he made a vulgar gesture.

The whole thing was caught on camera, then posted on YouTube for the world to see and judge.

"He could have kept it to himself or dealt with it some other way. I don't think he should have been aggressive," said Arlinda Kretchik.

"No, I think we're all human, you know? We all make mistakes. He was off duty," said Lakita Moore.

Archuleta has been with the department for 15 years.

He's also been in trouble before. In 2005 he was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed on Interstate 440 with his police-issued gun in the glove box.

He was also suspended in 2000 after an investigation involving a Nashville swingers club.

Metro representatives said, in this case, Archuleta appeared to exhibit, "a lack of self-control."

He will remain off duty until the investigation concludes and officials determine if disciplinary action is needed.

McGlone said he didn't realize the man was a police officer, but he's not pressing charges and didn't want to comment.

As for the Archuleta, Channel 4 reached out to his attorney by phone and wasn't able to reach him.

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