SATURDAY 3/19/2022 5:39 p.m.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — School officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, released surveillance footage that shows an off-duty police officer putting his knee on a 12-year-old girl’s neck to restrain her amid a lunchtime fight.
The Kenosha Unified School District released redacted footage of the March 4 fight on Friday. It shows Kenosha officer Shawn Guetschow intervening in the fight and then scuffling with the girl, before falling to the ground and hitting his head on a table.
Guetschow, who was working as a security guard at the school, then pushes the girl’s head into the ground and uses his knee on her neck for about half a minute before handcuffing her and walking her out of the cafeteria.
Jerrel Perez, the girl’s father, has called for criminal charges against Guetschow for using a type of restraint that was banned for Wisconsin law enforcement officers last year. He said his daughter is in therapy and seeing a neurologist for her injuries.
The school district initially placed Guetschow on paid leave. He resigned from his part-time security job with the school on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
In his resignation letter, Guetschow complained that the school district has not supported him and that the incident has placed a heavy burden on his family.
The district told the newspaper that it would not provide any additional details and did not respond to messages left by The Associated Press on Saturday. Kenosha police, in a statement, said Guetschow is still employed by the department.
“We continue our investigation, paying careful attention to the entire scope of the incident,” the statement said. “We have no further update at this time.”
Video shows off-duty Kenosha cop kneeling on student’s neck
SATURDAY 3/19/2022 12:36 p.m.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Kenosha school officials have released redacted surveillance footage showing the lunch hour fight between students and the subsequent chokehold restraint an off-duty police officer placed on a 12-year-old girl to subdue her.
Jerrel Perez, the girl’s father, has been calling on the school district to release the footage from March 4.
He argues the district attorney should bring charges against Kenosha officer Shawn Guetschow for placing his knee on Perez’s daughter’s neck to restrain her.
The school district initially placed Guetschow on paid leave. He resigned from his part-time security job with the school on Tuesday.
Original Story: Viral video shows Wisconsin police officer kneeling on student’s neck, department investigating
TUESDAY 3/8/2022 6:46 a.m.
KENOSHA, Wis. (WFRV) – A police officer in Wisconsin is under fire after he was seen on video apparently kneeling on a student’s neck while trying to break up a fight at a middle school, and now the department is investigating the incident.
According to the Kenosha Police Department, on March 4, a fight between two students broke out during lunchtime at Lincoln Middle School. Kenosha Unified School District employees reportedly tried to intervene and stop the fight.
One staff member was reportedly injured during the incident. There was no immediate information regarding the severity of the injuries.
A Kenosha Police Department officer who was working off-duty for the school district was involved. This off-duty employment is reportedly allowed by the police department.
The officer is a 37-year-old man who has four years of service with the Kenosha Police Department.
The Kenosha Police Department says it has watched the video clip making the rounds on social media. There were also some still photos the department says they looked at as well.
The department said the following regarding the incident:
We are keenly aware of the significant sensitivity surrounding the photo. K.PD., together with K.U.S.D. is investigating the incident in its entirety while being cautious not to make conclusions based off a small piece of information shared on social media.Kenosha Police Department
The Kenosha Unified School District originally announced that they were having a special school board meeting on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. However, the district said the meeting has been canceled after the board availability changed.
Local 5 will continue to update this story as more information is released.