[Above]  Left; Colleen Campbell mug shot after assaulting a police officer. Right; Colleen Campbell screen shot of video of Sunday’s incident outside Helium Comedy Club on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By Victor Fiorillo

On Sunday night, the 28-year-old South Philly woman, who graduated from Temple with a B.A. in broadcast journalism in 2016, was at Helium Comedy Club to see Craig Robinson, best known as Darryl on The Office.

According to a police statement about the incident, shortly after the calm, cool, and collected cop who responded to the scene led her away in cuffs and the video stopped, Campbell, a recent Temple University graduate, allegedly assaulted him. Police say that she kicked him repeatedly and also kicked the doors and windows of a police car.

The police officer in question has been championed on social media for his unflappable demeanor in the face of Campbell’s ugly words and behavior. New York-based comedian Wil Sylvince, who posted the video on Facebook on Monday, told Philly Mag, “He is the cop of the year.” The police department has declined to identify the officer, and he does not appear to be the same one listed in court documents.

Police say that there are additional charges pending against Campbell, including simple assault, terroristic threats, hindering apprehension, and failure to disperse. Two of the charges Campbell faces are third-degree felonies. She has been released on her own recognizance, meaning she didn’t have to fork over any bail money.

“Can you imagine what the situation would have been if she had been black and it had been a white cop?” asks Sylvince, who is originally from Haiti. “But these are two different worlds that we live in.”

In an interview with Philly Mag published on Tuesday morning, Campbell confirmed that she was fired from PHL 17 on Monday. After our interview came out, a spokesperson for Devil’s Den, where Campbell had been employed by a bartender, contacted Philly Mag to say she was let go on Tuesday morning.

We attempted to reach Campbell to ask her about the alleged assault on a police officer. Someone close to her responded and explained that she would be taking some time to herself for a while but that she was preparing a public statement.

Campbell, who has not replied to a request for comment, has been charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. She was released on Monday afternoon on her own recognizance. She’s due back in court on June 13th.

What is highly suspicious is why, if she is drunk, she is not slurring her words?  She’s not falling all over the place either. Could she be drugged?


The video of you outside Helium has been viewed more than 1 million times. People are pretty shocked by it.

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.

I saw your Facebook post where you raised the possibility of having been drugged. Were they able to do any tests to see what might have been in your system?
No. The police told me that it would slow the process. But at the police station, they had trouble taking my blood pressure. It was so high. I was worked up.

Why would it have slowed the process?
The nurse [at the police station] said if I send you to the hospital it will really delay everything. I just wanted to get out of there. I was really worried about my job. She gave me something similar to a Benadryl. Then later I woke up and had a panic attack. I never thought to get any test done.

Why do you think you were 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.

On Facebook, you said you’d had one drink. Were you drinking prior to the two drinks at Helium?

Yes, I was working at Devil’s Den. I bartend there. And then we went to Cantina for a margarita, and I had two shots. But that was an hour before. Then we went to Helium, waited in line, got our drinks. I don’t even remember going out to the lobby. I do remember getting into the cop car.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the cop and the other people you acted out against in that video?

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.

How about the cop? He really deserves a medal for the way he handled the situation.

I wanna apologize to the officer. I don’t remember the whole altercation at all. I remember feeling attacked. I would never talk like that. It was like watching a whole different me.

Given that you had at least five drinks, do you think it’s possible that your body was just reacting to the alcohol in your bloodstream?

I really don’t know. I don’t know what to think. I know my limits. I’m a bartender. I didn’t feel wasted walking in.

I saw that PHL 17 removed most if not all references to you from their website. Are you out of a job?

When I came home, I called my producer to talk about why I was absent. I didn’t realize a video was out. I found out about it later, because HR called me and said I was being terminated. They said there’s a video. I said, “What video?”

 

 

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