GREEN BAY – For the first time, Green Bay police are talking about a viral cell phone video of an officer taking down a man outside a downtown bar.
Police say they are promising a transparent investigation.
Captain Bill Galvin says all of the officers involved in the incident are still on active patrol duty. The department isn’t releasing any of their names.
The original video was posted on Facebook Monday afternoon. Right after the video was posted, FOX 11 went to the police department looking for answers.
Police have confirmed the video is from early Saturday morning on Washington Street.
Galvin says it all started after police arrested a man for having an open drink outside of a bar. He says things escalated as a large number of people were pouring out of bars.
Galvin says three people were arrested on various charges, not related to the incident shown in the video.
Some of the people on Washington Street were swearing at officers.
FOX 11 asked Galvin if swearing at officers is enough to be arrested for disorderly conduct. He said no, unless the person’s conduct could create a dangerous situation.
Galvin wouldn’t say if the person in the video falls under that criteria.
He did explain the department’s guidelines for using force.
“All officers are allowed to go one level of force higher than the force the encounter,” said Galvin. “The reason for that is so they can remain in control of the situation.”
Police say no one has filed a formal complaint about the incident. However, two witnesses have told FOX 11 they have brought concerns to police.
FOX 11 also talked Tuesday to Joshua Wenzel of Caledonia. He says he is the man taken down in the video.
“I didn’t step towards him,” said Wenzel. “I didn’t touch him, nothing. His reasoning or logic, I don’t know, I can’t comment on that.”
A viewer sent FOX 11 new video from the incident. You can see officers carrying Wenzel after he was taken down.
Wenzel tells FOX 11 he was drinking leading up to his arrest. However, he doesn’t believe that played a role in what happened.
Wenzel says he wasn’t hurt. He also says he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next.
Galvin says the department doesn’t have a timetable for when its investigation might be complete.