Icy Mike revokes a young p-pass


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The body camera on a police sergeant who pepper sprayed a teenage girl at a downtown Des Moines bus station hub was not working at the time of the confrontation, according to a police report.

Police recovered video of the fight at DART Central Station, 620 Cherry St., but it does not have audio, said Sgt. Paul Parizek, spokesman for Des Moines police. Des Moines police body cameras are constantly recording video, but they do not capture audio until they are manually activated by an officer or when emergency lights are turned on in a police car.

Sgt. Greg Wessels, the officer who deployed the pepper spray, said in the report that he pushed the button to start the camera but it did not work. Police have not identified why the camera did not work, Parizek said. He said Wessels did not know the camera was not working until after the fight.

There were videos available from other officers, the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority and dashboard camera footage that Parizek said was "more than enough to get an accurate picture of what happened."

Three teenagers were taken into custody Wednesday after a confrontation with officers who said they tried to prevent fights that were brewing among a "loud and unruly crowd" of dozens of teenagers at the station. Aaron Keys, 18, of Des Moines, was charged with interference with official acts and failure to disperse. The other suspects are juveniles whom police did not publicly identify.

Between 100 and 125 teenagers from Des Moines schools gathered at the bus station at about 2 p.m. after there was "social media chatter" about a planned fight there, Parizek said.

At one point, a male student touched Wessels, Parizek said. In a 40-second video captured by a bystander, Wessels was heard yelling and seen shoving the student away from him.

A girl then steps in front of Wessels, and he pulls her arm, takes her to the ground and sprays her face.

Amari Davis, the student who captured the video with her phone, said Wednesday that Wessels should have handled the situation differently. She described Wessels' actions as "brutal and aggressive" and said the girl was trying to stand up for her brother, the man Wessels shoved.

None of the people seen in the video could be reached to comment.

Parizek said Wessels repeatedly told the girl to leave before he detained her.

"She kept jumping in his face," Parizek said. "When he told her she was under arrest, she resisted."

Wessels sprayed her and another teen, but when more students moved in closer, they were also hit by the residual pepper spray in the air, Parizek said.

Pepper spray is a common tool officers use to subdue people, Parizek said. Its effects last about 45 minutes, he said.

In 2013, Des Moines police determined Wessels violated policy and inappropriately used deadly force after he shot the rear tire of a vehicle in which a suspect was fleeing. As of 2017, his annual salary was $91,457.

The police department plans to review body camera recordings and footage from Des Moines Area Regional Transit cameras at the station. The Des Moines Register has requested those videos, though Parizek and a DART spokeswoman said the videos would likely not be made available until the department's review is complete.

No internal police investigation had been launched as of Thursday afternoon; Parizek said a formal complaint is required for that to take place.

The bystander video from Wednesday had been viewed more than 56,000 times by Thursday in a Facebook post.

DART Central Station has been the scene of other disruptive episodes this year. Des Moines police said officers were called there in late January because dozens of juveniles had gathered. Officers used pepper spray after the children and teenagers, some of whom were fighting, moved to Sixth Avenue and Walnut Street, police said. A juvenile was taken into custody.

After those fights in downtown, several of the juveniles were involved in an attack a few hours later that sent a 55-year-old man to the hospital, police said. He suffered a large cut to his forehead.

One or two officers are assigned to work at DART Central Station from the afternoon to about 11 p.m., Parizek said. Amanda Wanke, a DART spokeswoman, said DART also contracts with private security.

About 3,500 rides are provided to Des Moines Public Schools students each day through DART, Wanke said. She called safety a top priority for DART, and said the mass transit service appreciated how quickly officers responded to the station Wednesday.

One civilized person surrounding by fucking animals with no respect for authority or decent behavior.

You don't get to "defend your brother" from law enforcement. I would hate to be a cop with kids these days.

Spicy Mike

Let this be a lesson to all cops, don't get involved. This is why proactive policing dropping at massive rates. Now his name will be plastered all across the media, his actions will be reviewed with under a fine tooth comb by people who never did the job... or he could have simply walked away.

Those kids need some good parenting in their life. 

TexDeuce -

Those kids need some good parenting in their life. 

Lol

Seperate but equal....you can have your own police....

ttt

Do you think that was really her sister, or like, her "sista"?

Dindu 

Did that happen at the mall or at the zoo?

I'm asking because I heard animal noises. 

Unbelievable how out of control kids are.   No respect for authority.   They just think they should be able to do as they please with no consequences.  I'm so glad I live in a rural area.  If I lived in a city I would have prob lost my mind by now.  Between kids acting like hoodlums, everyone making everything about race/anti white everything,  and social media giving everyone a platform to act like a Damn fool, the U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket.  *not to mention the opioid crisis 

TeamPrimal - 

Unbelievable how out of control kids are.   No respect for authority.   They just think they should be able to do as they please with no consequences.  I'm so glad I live in a rural area.  If I lived in a city I would have prob lost my mind by now.  Between kids acting like hoodlums, everyone making everything about race/anti white everything,  and social media giving everyone a platform to act like a Damn fool, the U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket.  *not to mention the opioid crisis 


It's almost as if, by not living in the city, you actually don't know what you're talking about. Interesting.

Later

THP -
TeamPrimal - 

Unbelievable how out of control kids are.   No respect for authority.   They just think they should be able to do as they please with no consequences.  I'm so glad I live in a rural area.  If I lived in a city I would have prob lost my mind by now.  Between kids acting like hoodlums, everyone making everything about race/anti white everything,  and social media giving everyone a platform to act like a Damn fool, the U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket.  *not to mention the opioid crisis 


It's almost as if, by not living in the city, you actually don't know what you're talking about. Interesting.

Nah I live in a city and have in many others and he has a a point.  

Fake Pie -
THP -
TeamPrimal - 

Unbelievable how out of control kids are.   No respect for authority.   They just think they should be able to do as they please with no consequences.  I'm so glad I live in a rural area.  If I lived in a city I would have prob lost my mind by now.  Between kids acting like hoodlums, everyone making everything about race/anti white everything,  and social media giving everyone a platform to act like a Damn fool, the U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket.  *not to mention the opioid crisis 


It's almost as if, by not living in the city, you actually don't know what you're talking about. Interesting.

Nah I live in a city and have in many others and he has a a point.  

TeamPrimal is absolutley right.

I've lived in both rural areas and busy cities. 

 

Goddamn you I found this looking for something else.

I never used spray! Well I did one time but it was a special case.