A Florida police officer is on paid administrative leave following a confrontation with a handicapped veteran over a parking spot.

Video shot by veteran Isiah James shows the dispute, which all appeared to start when James parked in a handicapped parking spot. James was hit with an IED while deployed and has a disabled parking permit, but he said that Riviera Beach Sgt. Gary Wilson argued that the vet didn’t look handicapped.

“You are not the arbitrator of my … handicap,” James said in the video, telling the officer that he served his country for almost 10 years.

Wilson later appeared to smack James’ cellphone out of his hands.

The Riviera Beach Police Department said in a statement posted to Facebook:

Many of you have expressed your concerns, passion, and support for Veterans as it relates to an incident involving one of our Police Officers and a Veteran. We, as an organization, share the same gratitude and respect for Veterans. We support Veterans and appreciate their commitment to serve our country. Although the department has not yet received an official statement regarding the incident in question, an Internal Affairs Investigation is already in effect. As a Department, we ask that you allow opportunity to complete the investigation. You can remain certain that the investigation will be thorough and transparent.

Watch the video on YouTube (contains profanity).


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