UPDATE: Green Bay police chief ask for patience, promises transparency

Published 04/26 2014 06:26PM

Updated 04/26 2014 06:52PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Officer Thomas Molitor, chief of the Green Bay Police Department, posted a letter on facebook Friday addressing the investigation into last weekend's downtown arrest, which was caught on cellphone video.

Chief Molitor is asking the public for patience while the investigation is ongoing.

"As your Police Chief, I am accountable for the actions of my officers," Molitor said. "I answer to you, the citizens of Green Bay.  When the investigation is complete, I assure you that I will share the results openly."

Molitor also encourages anyone who witnessed the arrest to come forward.

Molitor's letter comes one week after a video of Green Bay police arresting one man outside of Stir-Ups Parlor and Saloon on Washington Street went viral.

In the video, you can hear profanities being yelled at an officer. That officer then appears to push a man against a car and wrestle him to the ground. That man was arrested and ticketed for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Two other people were also cited.

Local 5 spoke with Chris Ahmuty, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin,  Saturday about the arrest. Although Ahmuty could not speak about this specific case, he said "It's been the ACLU's experience that officers are particularly vulnerable to overstepping the line, when it's a situation where a crowd or observers of an arrest speak up or speak out."

Ahmusty also said that using profane language in public, even when it's directed towards law enforcement, is covered under the first amendment's free speech clause.

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