Officer seen on camera hitting drunk driving suspect in head

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MILWAUKEE -- A video posted on Facebook shows a Milwaukee police officer hitting a drunk driving suspect in the head while making an arrest.

The video was shot near Water Street in downtown Milwaukee. It was posted to Facebook Thursday evening, April 12th. It shows an officer holding a suspect to the ground during an arrest. The officer yells at the man to stop resisting -- and then strikes him at least twice in the head.

Late Friday afternoon, April 13th, the Milwaukee Police Department issued the following statement in relation to the incident:

  • "Milwaukee police officers made an arrest of a suspected drunken driver Thursday night, April 12 at about 11 p.m. in the 200 block of E. Juneau Ave. The suspect, Jeffrey R. Strasser (4-29-1972), was cited for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. The matter is under review for additional charges. A police sergeant observed a reckless driver at Water St. & Juneau Ave. operating a 2008 Lamborghini in a manner that posed a danger to the public in the Water Street area. The sergeant, in a marked police squad, activated his red lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle. Strasser refused to stop. Strasser was observed operating with no headlamps, disregarding a stop sign and endangering the public safety by operating the vehicle in a manner that forced other vehicles to take evasive action to avoid collision. As Strasser pulled into a parking lot, he nearly struck multiple pedestrians and uniformed police officers. Strasser eventually stopped and refused to exit the vehicle. Strasser was taken to the ground as officers removed him. One officer delivered focused strikes to gain compliance and control as Strasser was resisting attempts to place handcuffs on him. During the booking process, the 6’0, 200-pound suspect, in response to direct police questioning, stated he was not injured, had no complaint of pain and did not require medical attention. Strasser was placed under arrest and about 90 minutes after the traffic stop, was still more than twice the legal limit with a Blood Alcohol Content of .19. Strasser has a prior OWI conviction from 1999."

FOX6 News spoke with the head of the Fire and Police Commission, Mike Tobin, about the incident. Tobin would not go on camera but indicated he was aware of the video.

Tobin says as of right now, the Commission has not received any citizen complaints about the video. But he says Milwaukee police are examining the incident and the video. The Commission is also monitoring the police examination.

FOX6 News has also reached out to the man who posted the video on Facebook. He has not replied.

IMPORTANT: FOX6 News has blurred the faces of everyone in the video because no complaint has been filed in this incident.