A Kenosha Dispatcher is accused of doing the exact opposite of what she is supposed to – using violence to prevent someone from calling 9-1-1. Brittney M. Smith, 27 of Kenosha was charged with three crimes last year. The below criminal complaint accuses Smith of 1 count of Felony Intimidate Victim/Use or Attempt Force, 1 count of Domestic battery, and 1 count of Disorderly Conduct with Domestic modifier.
According to court records, the arrest stemmed from a domestic disturbance between Smith and her live-in girlfriend. The victim told police that Smith punched her in the face seven or more times with a closed fist. Smith is accused of taking the victim’s cell phone, preventing her from calling 9-1-1 for help. The victim also told police her keys were taken as well. When police tried to enter the Kenosha apartment with a key from the victim who had left, Smith held the deadbolt closed from the inside. This prevented police from gaining access. The police noted that the victim did have bruising on her right cheek area. The victim told police that this wasn’t the first time. She didn’t report earlier abuse, including receiving a concussion from Smith, because she didn’t want her girlfriend to lose her public safety job. The police also noted that the apartment smelled strongly of marijuana and police found drugs in the apartment.
We reached out to Tom Genthner, former KPD Assistant Police Chief for comment as he is now the director of the Dispatch Center. We asked him why Smith was allowed to keep her job and if she is being drug tested regularly. We have not heard back from him.
Kenosha DA Michael Graveley’s office promised to wipe the felony off of her record with a deferred prosecution agreement even though they accused her of violating the agreement by not attending mandated therapy. KPD definitely did its job without any special treatment. Is the DA doing the same? Smith was in court today and is expected back December 2nd.