Kenosha officer who used knee restraint on pupil resigns from job at college | WUWM 89.7 FM

A Kenosha police officer resigned from his job as a safety guard within the Kenosha Unified College District, after a video of him restraining a pupil together with his knee sparked outrage.

Mobile phone movies seem to indicate Officer Shawn Guetschow placing his knee on the neck of a 12-year-old woman as he intervenes in a combat at Lincoln Center College on March 4.

The district had beforehand put Guetschow on paid depart, nevertheless it introduced Wednesday he resigned.

Earlier within the day, the woman’s father, Jerrel Perez, and native activists held a press convention exterior of KUSD headquarters calling for accountability.

“She’s humiliated, she’s traumatized,” Perez mentioned of his daughter, whose identify is being stored personal since she is a minor. “Day-after-day I gotta hear ‘Daddy I don’t need to go to highschool.’ It breaks me as a result of I wasn’t there to assist her. I really feel helpless.”

Perez mentioned his daughter hasn’t been again to highschool because the combat on March 4. He mentioned she’s receiving each therapy for bodily accidents and remedy for her psychological well being after being bodily restrained by Officer Guetschow.

“I need to see this officer get charged,” Perez mentioned. “As a result of if it was me or one other mother or father or one other grownup that put their knee on a child, that might be abuse.”

Perez’s lawyer, Drew DeVinny, mentioned as a substitute of Guetschow being charged, the police advisable expenses towards the woman.

DeVinny in contrast the scenario to that of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 9 minutes. A jury discovered that officer, Derek Chauvin, responsible of homicide.

“If the world witnessing the sluggish homicide of George Floyd wasn’t sufficient to cease this from taking place, what’s?” DeVinny mentioned.

The knee-to-the-neck restraint Chauvin used on Floyd was widely denounced by police departments and use-of-force consultants. The Kenosha Police Division’s use of force policy prohibits chokeholds besides in conditions the place lethal drive is allowed and as final resort.

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Lower than two years in the past, Kenosha was the middle of police brutality protests after a KPD officer shot and wounded Jacob Blake, a Black man. That officer, Rusten Shesky, was found to have acted inside division coverage.

Perez and DeVinny have been joined on the press convention Wednesday by activists from Kenosha, Burlington and Milwaukee.

“We’re supposed to guard our youngsters, it doesn’t matter what errors they make alongside the best way,” mentioned Taleavia Cole, the sister of Alvin Cole, a Black teenager who was killed by a Wauwatosa police officer. “They need to breathe.”

Cole and the opposite activists, together with Perez, demanded that KUSD finish contracts with police and hearth the off-duty officer. Later within the day, the district introduced he resigned.

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“Should you want the police they are often referred to as,” mentioned Kenosha activist Elizabeth Webb. “There’s no cause to occupy our colleges, making a warfare zone environment for our youngsters.”

Activists are additionally calling for the Kenosha district legal professional to not pursue expenses towards Perez’s daughter, and for the varsity district to launch safety footage of the incident.

Officer Guetschow continues to be employed by KPD, which, together with the varsity district, is investigating what occurred. The district declined additional remark resulting from potential litigation.

Activists and fogeys plan to proceed their requires change at a March 22 faculty board assembly.

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