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Kenosha 9-1-1 Dispatcher in Hot Water – DA Pledges to Erase Felony From Her Record

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Brittney M. Smith Source: Kenosha Sheriff

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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    1. A reliable source told me that she also said “this is why officers get shot” to the arresting officer. Glad to have someone like this responsible for our officers’ safety.

        1. Unfortunately, the officer left that out of the report. It’s unknown if that was intentional or an oversight. However, it spread through the department like wildfire, and many officers were really upset that she was still being allowed to dispatch law enforcement radio. How could she have their welfare in mind when a statement like that?

          1. It wasn’t in the report because it wasn’t said. Don’t you think something like that would be documented?

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