An off-duty police officer knelt on the neck of a 12-year-old girl while restraining her after a midday fight at a school in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to surveillance footage released by the school district.
The Kenosha Unified School District released redacted footage on Friday showing Shawn Guetschow trying to break up a March 4 fight before grappling with the child and kneeling on her neck for about a minute and a half.
the clip shows two students — one in black and the other in gray — shoving each other in the Lincoln Middle School dining room before Guetschow and another staff member sprint over and pull the students apart as they exchange punches.
Geutshow, a Kenosha officer who worked as a security guard at the school, pulls the girl down in the white, pressing her head to the floor and holding his knee on her neck before handcuffing her and leading her out of the cafeteria, video shows at.
Jerrel Perez, the girl’s father, has called for criminal charges against Guetschow for using the neck brace, which was banned for Wisconsin police officers last year.
Perez said his distressed daughter is in therapy and seeing a neurologist about her injuries.
Guetschow, 37, was initially put on leave by the county before resigning from his part-time job at the school on Tuesday. reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
In his resignation letter, the police officer called out the district for a lack of support and said the incident had placed a heavy burden on his family.
“Given the events that took place and the escalated attention this incident at Lincoln Middle School has caused in the community, she is carrying a mental and emotional toll [brought] Due to my family and the lack of communication and/or support I have received from the district, I can no longer continue my employment with the Kenosha Unified School District,” Guetschow wrote to Kenosha Superintendent Beth Ormseth, according to the newspaper.
The district said it is not releasing any further details about the incident at this time.
The Kenosha Police Department said Guetschow is still employed with the force.
“We continue our investigation and are carefully monitoring the full extent of the incident,” the department said in a statement. “We currently have no further update.”
With postal wires
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