“Remember your job:” Kenosha officer accused of threatening, punching doctor while on duty

KENOSHA COUNTY -- A Kenosha police officer, placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on Sunday, January 1st has now been criminally charged.

Kendal West

Kendal West

The accused is 29-year-old Kendal West of Kenosha. He's facing three charges -- misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct (use of a dangerous weapon) and misconduct in public office (excess authority).

According to a criminal complaint, on January 1st, officers spoke with an emergency room physician who indicated he spoke with West's wife, who was in the process of going through a divorce with West. The physician advised that he had recently had an issue with West -- who threatened him over the phone, saying: "If anyone finds out about this, I'm going to assume it was you, and I'm coming for you."

The physician said he met with West's wife on January 1st at the hospital in Kenosha, and while they were standing near her vehicle, they heard the noise of a vehicle speeding up -- and the woman said "he must have tracked my phone."

According to the complaint, the physician stated he saw a Kenosha Police Department squad car slam on the brakes and pull up behind the woman's car. The physician said he then saw West exit the squad car and "charge at him." He said West "pulled his arm back to punch (the physician)," and the physician advised he told West to "remember his job."

Hospital in Kenosha

The physician said at this point, West began punching him in the head -- causing his glasses to fall from his face.

The complaint says West then re-entered his vehicle, and accelerated towards the physician, who was standing near the woman's car. He "swerved at the last minute, missing (the physician) by about two to three feet."

Investigators spoke with Kenosha police, who advised West was on duty and dressed in his full uniform at the time of this alleged incident.

Kenosha Police Department

Surveillance video from the hospital was reviewed, and it showed West's squad car pull up, and West approaching and then punching the physician, the complaint states.

The Factory bar in Kenosha

According to the complaint, police spoke with an individual who said before the alleged incident at the hospital, he saw West at a bar -- where he made contact with his wife. Later, after West's wife had left the bar, this person said they received a call from West's wife, indicating West had followed them to the hospital and attacked a physician. West's wife indicated she tried serving him with divorce papers earlier in the day, but he "tore them up," the complaint says.

West has been placed on administrative leave from the Kenosha Police Department.

Hospital in Kenosha

Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said in a news release on January 1st -- the "actions of this officer were not, in any way, connected to his official duties and run contrary to our mission. An internal investigation will be conducted parallel to that by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department."

Miskinis added, "I understand that personal problems are something we all deal with and I support the officer in that regard; however, as Chief, if the allegations are correct, I cannot condone his manner in dealing with them."

West made his initial appearance in court in this case on Tuesday, January 3rd.

A $20,000 signature bond was set and signed.

He'll be in court for his preliminary hearing on January 20th.

11 comments

  • Opinion8d

    All over a woman…..I can understand the emotions, but you have to be able to control them. Dudes life changed forever over something stupid.

  • #whitelivesmattermorebecausetheypayforstuff

    This is the result of an affirmative action hire. Unqualified and unstable yet put on the police academy fast track and skipped the psychological review.

    • Concerned Citizen

      I hope everyone refrains from judging this young man. He is one of Kenosha’s finest and how quick we are to judge. This young man was very qualified and very stable. Things can happen to all of us that make us snap. I am not condoning his behavior but I can tell you there’s more to this story than is being reported. Please let the court be the judge.

      • Ben P.

        I went to high school with Mr. West. He is a thug. He needs to be locked up for a long time. If you are truly a concerned citizen you should want him behind bars. What if he would have killed the victim? Is that how you want Kenosha Police to represented?

    • Attorney friend

      You all sound ignorant with your affirmative action comments. Kendal was an officer in a different state prior to working for KPD. He’s educated and is a good man. He is not a thug in any form of the word. You people are so quick to judge a person who has put your lives before his own to protect and serve. In addition, the media doesn’t even the facts straight. You people understand the media sensationalizes stories, don’t you?? May the one with no sin cast the first stone.

  • KendrickW

    He should be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He is a thug. I am surprised he didn’t try to fear for his life and shoot the victim. He had anger issues while at Tremper High School too. Lock him up and throw away the key. However, because he is a cop he will probably get a medal of honor.

  • #whitelivesmattermorebecausetheypayforstuff

    This guy and Sylville Smith probably graduated from the same affirmative action program. Yes let’s hear the whole story before we judge but here’s what we know so far. This man 1) battered a doctor 2) while ON DUTY 3) in front of a HOSPITAL 4) over a failed marriage. As a cop you have to know there are cameras all over a hospital. Did he think this was just gonna get swept under the rug? You would have to be spoon-fed retarded to think you’re getting away with this and that’s before take into account he’s an ON DUTY COP in a POLICE CAR!

  • #satnexttoyouinacademy

    I attended the police academy with Officer West and he was such an inspiration and role model. I have the most respect for him and hope he pulls through a bad situation. I am not condoning his actions, but perhaps there is more to the story as the media loves to draw negative attention to law enforcement. Perhaps his wife is not telling the entirety of the truth as most people who cheat on their spouse do. My heart broke to hear about such a terrible situation, but everyone has a point in their life where they snap. One of the finest officers I know! SMH

  • Jeff hog

    It never seizes to amaze me the response you see on here. KENOSHA FINEST? Well if that is the finest, i would rather police ourselves.You ass clowns defending him are obviously family or close friends. Fricking pathetic you people are, probably LIBERALS, CODDLING SNOWFLAKES. Get a clue ASS CLOWNS!

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