Rally held at GBPD demanding officer be fired

By Terry Kovarik | terry.kovarik@wearegreenbay.com

Published 05/02 2014 09:19PM

Updated 05/02 2014 09:32PM

GREEN BAY (WFRV) Some people taking part in an evening long rally at Green Bay Police headquarters want the department to hold one of their officers accountable.

"What I saw, in my opinion, was borderline criminal," said Bronson Smith, who organized the rally.

What Smith and hundreds of thousands of "YouTube" viewers saw was this phone video outside of Stirups tavern April 16th. Police were in the process of arresting another man, when one man began yelling obscenities at Officer Derek WIcklund. The officer then grabbed the man put him against a car and struck him multiple times, even as he fell to the pavement. That resulted in an online petition drive calling for Wicklund's dismissal.

"The excuse that the police are allowed to be using one level of force above that being used against them is an excuse to hands on with someone that's being verbal with you," said Smith.

But Mary Anderson says that's in contrast to Officer Derek Wicklund's help in dealing with an ex-boyfriend that tried running her off of Lime Kiln Road.

"And the Brown County Sheriff's Department, based on Officer Wicklund's statement, issued this person a citation where he is employed," she said.

Anderson says calls for Wicklund's dismissal are unwarranted.

"I think it's just a farce and a miscarriage of justice. They're not looking at the whole picture. They're only seeing the one side of it," she said.

Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor said in an e-mail to Local Five: "...we will not be commenting at this time as our internal investigation is on-going. We are following the process that i laid out in my letter to our citizens. Concerned citizens have a right to petition or lawfully assemble if they wish and we will not impede their right."

Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.

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