Kenosha Police investigate use of stun gun during arrest

CREATED Nov 20, 2012

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KENOSHA - Officials have begun an internal investigation into an officer seen on camera, apparently using a stun gun to take control of a situation.

The Police and Fire Commission met Tuesday behind closed doors to determine if that officer followed policy.

Commissioners gave the Kenosha Police Department 90 days for an internal investigation after officer Brian Ruha was seen on dash cam video using a stun gun on Keenan Smith.

It was in Ruha's hand when he left his car.

"We felt the best thing to do is a thorough investigation so that there's now a final analysis.  We get a report that shows he acted properly or didn't act properly," said Commission President Ronald Frederick.

He said Ruha's police report didn't match what was captured on video.

The commission also wants to know what the officer and Smith said to each other.

The video did not capture any audio during the use of the stun gun.

"It was hard to tell what was said there during that time," explained Frederick.

"Maybe he felt threatened.  Maybe they said something to him that he felt threatened that he had to act quicker."

Smith verbally abused the officer during the arrest.

Police Chief John Morrissey said that the department has a policy on when officers should use a stun gun.

"You don't have to actively be fighting," said Morrissey.

"There is a use of force continuum and they follow that use of force continuum.  A (stun gun) is lower on that."

There was no initial word on whether nay punishment would come if the investigation finds the officer having used improper force.

The commission wants to get to the bottom of the case, especially after one of their officers killed Michael Bell, Jr. eight years ago.

"How are you going to find out what happened unless you have a complete police report?" asked Frederick.