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Internal Investigation Following Use of Force During Arrest

Post Date:05/14/2018 1:57 PM

The safety and security of everyone is paramount to us all in Wauwatosa. On May 11 at approximately 4:37pm, Wauwatosa Police received a call from Mayfair Mall security requesting police assistance related to five male subjects inside the mall acting disorderly and causing a disturbance. A 17-year-old male was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, battery and resisting an officer. The use of force by a Wauwatosa police officer during the arrest is currently under internal review.

There is video of a short segment of the incident that is circulating through media outlets and social media. Our police department is conducting an internal review into the use of force during the arrest. The investigation has been assigned to the investigative lieutenant who is trained in use of force tactics and also conducts our departmental training in use of force. Our police department trains all our officers in the State of Wisconsin’s defense and arrest tactics system, which guides use of force abilities and decisions not just in Wauwatosa, but also across the state of Wisconsin.

We are reviewing additional video that shows the officer initially attempting to speak with the male, and the suspect refusing to stop and speak with the officer.  Further, the suspect began to physically fight with the officer who was attempting to legally detain the suspect.

The investigation is the police department’s top priority and will be conducted in a timely manner. This investigatory process involves a review of: all video footage of the incident, including what led up to the suspect and officer interaction, witness statements, and additional interviews.

We will continue to be transparent on this issue and release additional information as it becomes available.

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