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One Officer Suspended Ten Days, Another For Four After Applebees Incident: Chief Explains In Video

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Kenosha Police Chief Patrick Patton
(Still From YouTube Video)

On July 20th, 2023 at about 11:00 pm, officers from the Kenosha Police Department responded to the intersection of Hwy 31 (Green Bay Rd.) and Hwy 50 for a report of rollover collision involving two vehicles. Occupants of one of the vehicles fled the scene.

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The suspect in the hit and run was eventually located hiding in a nearby Applebees restaurant. As many people have seen, two other individuals, Jermelle English and Shanya Boyd, were also taken into custody during the course of the investigation. Mr. English and Ms. Boyd were not involved in the hit and run crash. Force was used in affecting those arrests, which in turned automatically triggered an internal review of this incident.

After an exhaustive review, KPD identified violations of Kenosha Police Department policy committed by both Officer Courtier and Officer Vences. Officer Vences received a four-day suspension as it was determined that the initial force used by Officer Vences was reasonable but that he should have re-evaluated the effectiveness of those strikes and considered other options to overcome Mr. English’s resistance. He also failed to complete a report that met the standards of the Kenosha Police Department.

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Officer Courtier received a ten-day suspension. The investigation found that Officer Courtier failed to decontaminate Ms. Boyd after utilizing pepper spray and did not meet the standards of the Kenosha Police Department in regard to professional communication, the safe operation of department vehicles and report writing.

The Kenosha Police Department says it is committed to providing the highest quality service to its citizens and guests. KPD says it strives to train our officers to the highest standard and will hold them accountable if they fall short of those standards. In addition to the suspension time, both officers are receiving supplemental training to correct the deficiencies that were identified in their response to this situation.

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All reports and body-worn camera videos are below.

Below is the explanation from Chief Patrick Patton:

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Video From Chief Patton

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City of West Allis Police Department Use of Force Review

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West Allis Report

Kenosha Police Use of Force Review

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Officer Justin Pruett BWC
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Officer Jacob Thorpe BWC
Officer Daniel Maccari BWC

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  1. Kevin,
    Please do a follow up story on Officer Torres. Would like to know the status of his use of force complaint. Is he still on the road during the investigation.

  2. Weird how all the clowns believed a 30
    Second video and an employee who created a go fund me. It’s amazes me the idiots in our society. They cry transparency and then hey when they see it, it isn’t good enough. We need new elected officials. Idiots like berg and others just fuel the fire. Should be criminal charges for the employee who started the rumor and half the story. Bet the idiots feels stupid now

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    1. What are you even talking about? What rumor? Everything was on video, and now the officers are getting penalized for exactly what citizens have been complaining about. Seems pretty clear cut to me. The only question might be did they get a big enough penalty?

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      1. What are you talking about? The video all you idiots seen for 30 seconds and believed that was it. Saying a kid was pepper sprayed and they went in there blazing. Now you see they were lying. Sorry don’t fit your agenda.

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        1. No, people were saying the baby got residual pepper spray from the air in it’s eyes. The investigation confirms the officers didn’t decontaminate properly. Most people were also upset by all the punches thrown, and guess what? The officer is suspended for the punches. Hmmm

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    2. Yeah what exactly are you looking at. It’s obvious the officers fucked up and they were put on leave and now disciplined. Writing was on the wall….

      They are going to get sued and pay money, too.

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      1. Well maybe spell and make a proper sentence. But maybe you missed the point. You idiots based all the facts off the 30 second employee video. Maybe wait for facts. But it don’t fit your agenda so why wait right. But hey money!!! All ya seem to care about.

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        1. Love the dipshit who begins a sentence with the word “but” yet it talking about someone else’s spelling and word usage. Shithead.

      2. All those people had to do was answer a SIMPLE QUESTION, what car did you come in? Was that too hard for them to comprehend? If they had pointed out their car, proved it was theirs, it would have been over in minutes. But they had to show their ass and act like idiots. I would have pointed at my vehicle immediately. Hell, I would have remote started it for them, to show which one was mine.
        If you don’t see how in the wrong those people were, then you’re a problem too. Just looking for a payday.

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  3. I would give kudos to Chief Patton. He explained the event, giving details and citing laws regarding the events. Each of us can arm chair quarterback what each officer did or didn’t do. A police officers job today comes with little respect from the verbal community, while the respectful ones stay silent. Where were the customers to tell what they saw? If Applebees had video did it match the suspects story? Did the police see it? Why did the suspect have an attitude? The cops seemed reasonable. If people simply answer a quick question things could have been completed. Or the suspects could have refused to speak but their attitude made things worse. Good job Patton…I noticed you are now were general stars ! General Patton!

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    1. “Why did the suspect have an attitude?” Because witnesses clearly stated that they were in the restaurant for longer than possible to be involved in the crash. Do you think an “attitude” deserves a beatdown like he got? Obviously Patton didn’t think so, as he suspended the officer.

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