GBPD officer cleared of wrongdoing in controversial arrest

By , Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 07/15 2014 12:02PM

Updated 07/15 2014 12:05PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Green Bay police officer Derek Wicklund has been cleared of any wrong doing over a controversial arrest that quickly spread through social media.

Green bay Police Chief Tom Molitor says officer Wicklund's actions were reasonable and justifiable, and the State Department of Justice agrees.

Officer Wicklund's arrest of Joshua Wenzel outside of a Washington street bar back on April 19th wemt viral after it was captured on cell phone video and posted on youtube. It shows officer Wicklund using force to take the man to the ground.

Lt. Chad Ramos, one of the officers involved in the investigation, offered an explanation why officer Wicklund's force was not excessive.  He says officers are taught to gain control verbally and voluntarily. If that does not work, then some force may be required to gain control of the situation.

Lt. Ramos says officer Wicklund was concerned with Wenzel's proximity to another officer's gun, and was obviously acting disorderly.

The investigation, which included review of four different video recordings of the incident, concluded officer Wicklund acted appropriately.

"We have the ability, we have the people and quite frankly once you look at everything that's been done," Lt. Ramos says.  "I think you will see and understand that it's a credible agency that's put together a transparent investigation."

We're told officer Wicklund will soon be returning to his regular duties.

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