Monitor closings, cancellations and delays in southeast Wisconsin
Lakeshore flood advisory for Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties until 9 a.m. Saturday
Winter weather advisory issued for SE Wisconsin through 6 p.m. Saturday

Questions raised about Kenosha officer’s use of taser

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

KENOSHA -- A newly-surfaced dashcam video is raising questions about how a Kenosha police officer used his taser.

An officer was called to the scene of a fight in Kenosha. Dashcam video shows just 15 seconds after getting out of his squad, the officer pulled out a taser. That caused the suspect to fall flat on his back.

The man being tased is 32-year-old Keenan Smith. Four months later, FOX6 News showed him the dashcam video for the first time.

"I didn't even know they had showed up. Before I knew it, I just see me on the ground," said Smith. Smith says he did not have time to react.

Adding to the controversial user of force -- a Kenosha Police Department Supplementary Report. In the officer's report, he writes he saw the subjects in boxer stances, hitting each other with fists. He wrote, "The subject turned, looked at me and squared up to me. I believed this subject was going to fight me as well."

"Yeah, it don't look like he have too much warning. I didn't fight him. I didn't even come at him. I was just trying to talk to him," said Smith.

Smith also says he had no idea a local attorney has filed a complaint with Kenosha's Police and Fire Commission.

Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey

Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey told FOX6 News he hadn't heard about the incident until that lawyer asked for the dashcam video in October. This week, Morrissey launched an internal investigation asking two of his department's taser instructors to review the video.

"Was it within policy?  Was it not in policy?  Was it excessive?  Was it proper? That kind of stuff," said Morrissey.

The Commission will review the tape on Tuesday, November 20th.

The attorney who has filed the complaint did not return calls from FOX6 News.

Smith did admit he was fighting that night -- and later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. However, he does not believe he should have been tased and is happy the case is being reviewed.

The officer in this incident remains on duty.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.