- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Philadelphia television reporter is out of a job after a video of her berating a police officer outside a comedy club went viral.

Colleen Campbell is no longer employed by PHL17,” a spokeswoman said Tuesday in a statement to Philly.com.

Her departure comes as video posted by New York City comic Wil Sylvince of Ms. Campbell’s tirade Sunday night racks up more than 1.5 million views and counting.

Mr. Sylvince wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the video that the 28-year-old reporter was kicked out of the Helium Comedy Club on Sansom Street after repeated warnings to stop talking.

“When she got kicked out she assaulted (kicking, punching, and eye poking) 3 of the employees in bar area right outside the showroom and then outside she mock spit in the manger’s face when a cop came,” Mr. Sylvince wrote.

The more than five-minute video shows Ms. Campbell screaming at an even-tempered police officer, telling him that society hates the police. At one point, she pretends to spit in the face of a man identified by Mr. Sylvince as the club’s manager. She then takes off her shoe and tries to shove it in the man’s face, saying, “Smell my shoe, b–-.” That’s when the officer goes behind Ms. Campbell and starts to handcuff her.

“That’s why everybody f–ing hates you!” she screamed at the officer, just inches from his face. “That’s why society hates you!”

She then decided to drop her employer’s name.

“I work at a f–ing news station, motherf–—. I work at PHL 17!” she yelled. “No wonder everybody wants to blow your f–ing heads off.”

Ms. Campbell later told Philadelphia magazine that she had been drinking that night, but raised the possibility that she could have been drugged.

“Everything was foggy. I do remember coming in to Helium. I do remember getting into an altercation there, but I don’t remember what it was about. I only had two drinks at Helium,” she said.

She admitted she had been drinking before visiting Helium, where “The Office” star Craig Robinson was slated to perform.

“That’s not me or how I talk or act or anything at all. I don’t know what to do. I feel ruined and embarrassed for me and my family,” she said. “I feel awful. That’s not me or how I speak or how I talk or how I was raised. I had to delete all my social media, because I’m getting threats.”

Ms. Campbell said she wanted to apologize to the officer.

“I would never talk like that. It was like watching a whole different me,” she said.

Ms. Campbell has been charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, Philly.com reported. She was released without bail and is due to appear in court on June 13.

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