A video that appears to show a Kenosha Police Officer punch a man several times in the head has gone viral on social media. The video was sent to KCE by many readers.
Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie police officers responded to a major car accident at the corner of Green Bay Rd and Highway 50. Witnesses reported a man, woman, and small child fleeing the area, making it a hit-and-run. Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie Police officers entered the nearby Applebee’s restaurant and found a man, woman, and child that matched the description sitting at a table. The video picks up several minutes after the initial conversation between police and the family:
In the video, it appears a man is holding a small child and refuses to listen to the police’s commands. Eventually employees of the restaraunt got the baby safe and the man is taken to the ground. One Kenosha Police officer seems to strike the man several times in the head. The man begins to groan and appears to have urinated on himself.
Reached Saturday, Kenosha Police Chief Patrick Patton says that he is aware of the incident at Applebee’s and it’s under review. Patton said experts on use-of-force are in the process of examining the officers’ actions. The Department’s Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) is also aware of the incident and are reviewing it.
The 24-year-old man from the video and his 21-year-old girlfriend were both charged by the Kenosha County DA’s office on July 21, 2023. The man was charged with resisting/obstructing and disorderly conduct. The woman received identical charges and was also charged with possession of THC. At this time, KCE is not naming the two involved people, who live together in Zion, IL.
Kenosha Police later located the actual hit-and-run suspect(s) in the nearby bathroom inside the restaraunt. We will update you when the review is completed.