GBPD Officer Cleared of Excessive Force, Accuser Disagrees with - WBAY

GBPD Officer Cleared of Excessive Force, Accuser Disagrees with Conclusion

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The Green Bay Police Department findings are what the attorney representing the man Officer Wicklund threw to the ground expected. But that doesn't mean he believes the conclusion is right.

Joshua Wenzel is the man in the video that Officer Derek Wicklund pushes onto the car and then takes to the ground. Wenzel was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, both municipal citations, for his actions back on April 19th. But it wasn't until he hired an attorney and under advisement of his counsel, did Wenzel file a formal excessive force complaint against Wicklund.

"After speaking with him, meeting with my partners we decided that was the appropriate route to take initially while their internal investigation was ongoing," says Wenzel's attorney Nathan Dineen.

And now that the internal investigation is complete, Nathan Dineen says the Green Bay Police Department got it wrong when it cleared Wicklund of any wrongdoing.

According to Dineen, "I think that all of the citizens of green bay should be disappointed in those findings. The City of Green Bay has continuously allowed this type of egregious conduct by Officer Wicklund to continue without repercussion or penalty. I think that the sheer number of complaints that he has are an issue. I think they speak for themselves."

And that's why, as Dineen focuses on defending Wenzel in municipal court, one of his colleagues will determine if a case against Officer Wicklund, the City of Green Bay, or its police department is warranted.

Dineen says, "We have another attorney in our office Linda Vanden Heuvel she will be handling the civil side of it. I know these are civil citations in nature, but the other half of that is if there is a suit she will be handling that portion of it."

No court date for the municipal case against Joshua Wenzel has been set.
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