Green Bay Police Department Responds to No Charges in Officer-Involved Shooting

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The Brown County District Attorney’s office has completed its investigation in the death of 26-year-old Jonathon Tubby last October.

The decision: no charges will be filed against Green Bay police officer Erik O’brien, who shot and killed Tubby.

Johnathon Tubby was pulled over for a routine traffic stop October 19th last year.

He was taken into custody after officers discovered there were warrants for his arrest.

Friday the Brown County District Attorney’s office and Green Bay Police Department detailed the events that led to Tubby’s death.

Green Bay’s police say their department has received several death threats since Brown County District Attorney David Lasee decided not to press charges against officer O’brien.

“I would ask anybody to look at the reports, read what the report says, look at the video, find out and educate yourself on this incident before you make a judgment as to what happened,” says Green Bay police chief Andrew Smith. “Before you make a judgment as to what our officers did in there.”

Green Bay police say they tried several methods to take Johnathon Tubby into custody peacefully including calling his name, using pepper spray and deploying a K-9.

You can see in the video Tubby is in the cop car manuevering his handcuffs from behind his back and puts his hands under his shirt.

In one picture officers say they thought Tubby had a weapon even though nothing was found during a cursory pat down executed at the traffic stop.

According to the D.A.’s report officers asked Tubby to step out of the car, note: officers can not see him because the windows are foggy.

The following sequence of events occur: the officers break the back window and repeatedly ask Tubby to show his hands.

Pepper spray is deployed into the back of the squad car.

Tubby climbs out of the window and a beanbag round is fired at him.

The report says officers could not tell what tubby had in his hands.

He falls and runs toward the officers outside the view of the camera.

Officer O’brien fired eight shots, five which hit Tubby.

A toxicology report did conclude Tubby had recently used THC, methadone and methamphetamine.

Cheif smith said he still has questions for officers and is saddened by the loss of life.

“To the members of the Oneida community, to Mr. Tubby’s family, Mr. Tubby‘s friends, I and the Green Bay police department are truly sorry for your loss.”

Cheif smith says their department will be conducting its own investigation using a critical incident review board, but the findings of that report won’t be released until several weeks from now.

He also says that he has invited members of the Oneida nation to participate in a discussion about Tubby’s death next week.
 

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