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VIDEO: Plainclothes Medford police detective threatens to “blow a hole” through man’s head

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On July 26, 2015, a plainclothes Medford police detective driving his personal truck threatened to kill a young man, screaming in his face, "I will blow a hole in your head." The detective, Stephen Lebert, a thirty year veteran of the police department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct. The incident was captured on the young man's dashcam video; the tape is embedded above. In the video, you can hear the Medford police detective tell the driver of the car that he is lucky he is a police officer, because he would physically assault him otherwise.

The driver of the car who took the video describes what happened that night:

Driving home today I got lost and made a wrong turn. In an unfamiliar area I drove slowly but made the mistake of not seeing a poorly marked one way. I stopped midway through entering it when I realized I screwed up and fortunately there were no close calls or potential accidents. Only a single oncoming car (not the medford cop/detective in the video, he was on the other side) that had fully stopped before the road seeing my stupid mistake. After I stopped and realized it was too late I just continued out of the way and back onto the correct road in front of me. This man starts tailgating me and puts his high beams on in his Red Chevy Silverado pick up truck. He then yells how I'm an asshole and that he is going to hurt me, and well the rest is in the video.

Alarmingly, when another police officer arrives on the scene and is informed about detective Lebert's conduct, he chastises the young man who took the video, and says he's lucky he isn't being arrested. Watch the whole clip to see the disturbing interaction.

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