Man who attacked DMV security officer appears in court, but only on a misdemeanor charge
The man who is accused of attacking a DMV security guard, on camera, appeared in court Tuesday. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - A DMV employee asked a patron to turn down music on his cell phone Monday afternoon, but that patron got mad and is now criminally charged for fighting with a security guard.
Thirty-five-year-old Jason Scales was restrained as deputies brought him to court for initial appearance.
As you can see in cell phone video, a security guard at inside a North Side DMV could not control Scales. The crowd inside the DMV can clearly be heard cheering for the attacker.
You can even see Scales body slam the security guard to the ground. The guard told police he pulled his gun and pointed it at Scales.
Law enforcement expert Brian Dorow looked at the video and says the confrontation would have been challenging for an experienced officer to control. But guards or officers should make every effort to avoid touching an unruly person.
"Try to avoid going hands on to the best you can unless there's eminent threat there," said Brian Dorow with Waukesha Community Technical College.
“I just wanted to make sure all the customers and staff were safe,” said Kristina Boardman with the Department of Motor Vehicles. “There are portions of the video that are rather alarming.”
A woman who says she knows the suspect spoke with TODAY’S TMJ4, on the condition that her identity be hidden.
"One night he got really mad,” she said. “He was just going crazy, hitting walls, kicking walls. Yelling, screaming."
The charge against the suspect is relatively minor. He is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, but no felony assault charges.