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Investigation ordered into Kenosha Taser incident


KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Kenosha’s Fire and Police Commission has ordered an investigation into an incident in which an officer fired a Taser stun gun at a man who was apparently about to get into a fist fight.

Chief John Morrissey will decide how to conduct the investigation – and whether he’ll bring in officials from the outside to review the matter. But the commission wants the probe finished in 90 days.

The case involves an apparent discrepancy between an officer’s written report and a squad car video on the Taser shooting, which happened in July.

A Kenosha police officer wrote that he saw two men actively fighting in a street when the squad car approached. But video from the vehicle showed that both men were standing, and neither had his fists raised.

The officer reportedly shot the Taser at one of the men within 15 seconds after getting out of the squad car.

A defense lawyer said her client could have hit his head on the pavement after being Tasered so quickly. Tuesday, the attorney – Denise Hertz-McGrath – asked the commission to find out the truth about what happened.