GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Video has surfaced on Facebook that has a lot of people talking. The video shows Green Bay police arresting two suspects earlier this year - after an initial report of a man with a gun. However, it's what happened during the arrest that concerns one attorney.
Green Bay defense attorney Cole White posted the video to Facebook. White says it appears to show - an officer repeatedly punching his client, after he was already restrained.
It's just after 1 a.m. on November 6, in the parking lot of Coaches Corner in downtown Green Bay.
And as this police squad dash cam shows - the suspect on the left - 21-year old NeeGee Cloud - is surrounded by police holding him to the ground, soon to be charged for resisting arrest.
Attorney White says what happens next - is a clear abuse of power.
"When you have incidents like this with a degree of excessive force perhaps - the public is entitled to know what's going on," White said.
White says the video shows - while Cloud is being arrested and after already restrained - one officer hits him repeatedly.
"He has been tazed, hands secured by police, and the officers in that video continued to punch him in the side," White said.
White found the tape while preparing to defend Cloud in criminal court. He says he posted it to Facebook because he believes in transparency.
"Hopefully proper actions can be taken so we can maintain our faith and trust in the police department," said White.
But according to police, proper actions were followed that night. Lt. Jeff Brester says Cloud was non-compliant, requiring use of force. After the incident - a police review showed the officers acted properly.
"We rarely use force in individuals - but when we do we take it seriously," Lt. Brester said. "Which is why we have two supervisors assigned to review all use of force cases sent through to make sure the officers followed state law."
But when attorney White watches the officers on this tape, he sees something else.
"We can't expect them to hold people to account to laws - they are breaking themselves," White said.
White says the other suspect was armed with a BB pistol. A jury trial is scheduled for late January 2014 for Cloud on the resisting arrest charge. White says it's unknown if Cloud will pursue a civil suit against the department.