KENOSHA (WITI) -- Video posted to social media led to a demonstration outside the Kenosha Police Department on Tuesday, May 26th. Some say the video shows two teens being beaten by Kenosha police officers at Lincoln Park on Memorial Day. But Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey says the two videos he's seen don't tell the whole story.
One of the videos being shared online Tuesday after it was posted to Facebook was sent to FOX6 News by a woman who said she is a relative of two teenagers she says can be seen in the video. She claims the video shows the teenagers being beaten. Police dispute that claim, saying those seen being arrested in the video were two adults.
"It was a bad judgement from some cops," Carey Norris, who organized the protest Tuesday said.
On Tuesday evening, a group gathered in protest -- calling on the Kenosha Police Department to fire those involved.
"My heart sank. My heart sank," Latasha Hogan said. "If that's the kind of law enforcement that Kenosha is allowing to come through their ranks, it makes me feel unsafe."
Hogan says her two sons, ages 15 and 16 were playing at Lincoln Park on Memorial Day with dozens of other kids. Her boys were approached by two Kenosha police officers, who allegedly questioned the teens about a garbage can that had been knocked over.
"He wanted them to pick up a garbage can that he did not knock over," Hogan said.
Police say one teen became disorderly.
"Because he refused, he was arrested for disorderly conduct," Hogan said.
Friends say there was some sort of physical altercation when an officer tried to place handcuffs on one of the teens.
"There were three cops on one kid and five cops on the other kid," Norris said.
While family members claim it is their loved ones in the video, police say the video actually shows two adults who became physical with police after the teens were arrested. Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey says an adult female "jumped" on an officer. A man and a woman were arrested.
"He punched about 10 times. You can see the cop on the left, he punched about 15 times," Norris said.
After the video began circulating online, the recording prompted about 30 Kenosha residents to call for action. A demonstration was held Tuesday evening near the Kenosha Police Department.
"They gotta be fired," Norris said.
"I hope my son never has to deal with that kind of law enforcement ever again," Hogan said.
Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey tells FOX6 News in a statement the Kenosha Police Department is looking into concerns raised by the videos.
Morrissey says the 44-second video doesn't show the entire incident.
WARNING: The videos you'll see below contain strong language and may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Morrissey says the Kenosha Police Department had received two complaints earlier in the evening on Memorial Day in reference to large fights or people screaming and yelling -- something that has apparently been a frequent complaint in the neighborhood. Officers were told to monitor the area.
Morrissey says he was told a confrontation occurred with an officer over a garbage can and who dumped its contents onto the ground. That's when a teen became disorderly, Morrissey says, and the teen was arrested for disorderly conduct. This arrest appears to be the arrest that was captured in the longer Facebook video. Morrissey says the video was emailed to him indicating that firearms were pointed at the onlookers.
"I do not see any firearms being pointed at anyone, nor was I advised of any of the 22 officers (including detectives and supervisors) that responded to this incident having their firearms out of the holsters," Morrissey says in a statement to FOX6 News.
Morrissey says one of the videos shows an officer turning towards the individuals telling them to stay back, while they are arresting the subject. There is a Taser in his hand, Morrissey says, and you can hear someone in the crowd say “it’s a Taser.” In a note after the video link, the person indicates firearms were pointed at the onlookers. Morrissey says he doesn't believe that to be true.
He says an adult suspect who was being arrested refused to place his hands behind his back and follow directions from officers, so a Taser was deployed on him for two five-second bursts. Officers still could not gain compliance from the suspect.
Then, Morrissey says officers used "focused strikes" and another five-second Taser burst and the suspect was able to be taken into custody.
"The first person in the longer video (being arrested) I believe is a juvenile and is the initial person who had contact with the officer. After his arrest and in an attempt to clear (close) the park, I am told an adult female 'jumped' on the back of an officer, when her brother (an adult) was being arrested for obstructing. She was arrested and is one of the subjects that you see in the 44-second video being arrested. The other subject is an adult male who is her brother. There were two people arrested and held in jail (the two mentioned above) and there were three juveniles (including the first and second person - shown in the longer video) issued municipal court citations for disorderly conduct and resisting/obstructing officers," Morrissey said in a statement to FOX6 News.
Morrissey says he is told the mother of the juvenile was emotionally upset but complied with officers and that it was others who came or were at the park are the individuals that decided to engage the officers.
Morrissey says officers on scene advised him that there were in excess of 100 people in the area.
The five people -- three juveniles and two adults were arrested or issued citations. The park was then closed for the night.