GBPD to Release "Whole Story" in Wicklund Investigation - WBAY

GBPD to Release "Whole Story" in Wicklund Investigation

Green Bay - Green Bay Police plan to release their findings Tuesday morning of an internal investigation into Officer Derek Wicklund for an arrest back in April.

Police, along with the Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau have been reviewing whether Wicklund followed policy or used excessive force.

Tuesday morning at 9:30, Green Bay Police plan to make public the findings of their internal investigation into the arrest.

A man in the crowd took the video April 19th as downtown bars were closing.

In it, you can see Wicklund pushing a man into a squad car, tackling him to the ground and apparently hitting him twice while detaining him.

It's been seen thousands of times online, but police say it does not share the full story.

"There were multiple camera angles of things that we got exposed to and that we were able to look at, which gave us a better understanding and perspective of what happened," says Green Bay Police Lt. Chad Ramos.

Since it happened in a crowd of people, police say they tried to interview as many witnesses as possible and looked at multiple camera angles showing the entire incident, not only a portion of it.

"Quite similar to a football game, if you will. And a close play is going to be reviewed from a number of different angles, just to make sure that that catch or that fumble happened. Same thing happened here. We took our time. We looked at every angle. We read every report. We talked to as many witnesses as anybody that wanted to come forward," says Ramos.

Ramos says police plan to give an in-depth lesson on use of force training to give the public the view from a law enforcement perspective.

"We're not afraid to open things up, but I think also, we need to put things into context for people, to truly understand," says Ramos.

The department has said since the beginning it would be transparent.

Ramos says they want to not only release a conclusion, but also detail the standards the courts have set for use of force cases.

"Once that education is there and the understanding, hopefully it will give a better perspective, but ultimately it still takes a lot of time, experience as police officers to actually put out an unbiased critique of each other," adds Ramos.

He says they try to complete most investigations within 90 days, but want to make sure they are as thorough as possible.

Action 2 News will be live streaming the news conference and have updates on Facebook and Twitter as well.
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