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KCTV5 investigates whether some Kansas City, MO, police officers crossed the line, allegedly launching an online campaign of hate against a woman arrested by the department.More >
Members of the Kansas City, MO, Police Department swear to serve and protect the public. Most of the men and women on the force carry out that task with honor. KCTV5 investigates whether some officers crossed the line, allegedly launching an online campaign of hate against a woman arrested by the department.More >
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Nearly 80,000 Chiefs and Cowboys fans packed Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, but one fan's good time spiraled out of control and the aftermath was caught on cell phone video.
The video was uploaded after the game to YouTube with the title, "Chiefs fan punched and tasered by KC cops."
But police say there's more to the story than just the headline and what the video does and doesn't show.
Kansas City police Capt. Tye Grant told KCTV5 that alcohol compliance officers contacted police officers after fans accused the man, now identified as Trenton Karlin, of being drunk and dumping his beer on several fans sitting near him. Grant said as officers led Karlin to a concourse, Karlin got unruly.
Grant said Karlin assaulted an officer and was taken to the ground as officers converged on the area. When the video begins, Karlin was already on the ground and one officer is bleeding.
Because Karlin was resisting arrest, police twice used a stun gun in stun mode on Karlin, Grant said. This means probes were not deployed.
As fans gather, some clearly become upset by what they are seeing, especially after the injured officer punches the man while he is on the ground and in handcuffs.
"I don't know what that officer was doing. To be fair to the officer and everybody as you suggested that he hit him in the face, I'm not sure if that is exactly what his intentions were or if that was that was he was doing, but it does appear that might be what happened," Grant said. "The best way I can answer is in a dynamic situation, rapidly evolving like this one was, it's never pretty."
Grant said once officers got Karlin to his feet and away from the crowd, Karlin kneed another officer in the groin and continued to fight.
Karlin was issued three municipal charges including assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Grant said the department will review the incident but asked viewers to keep an open mind since the video doesn't show the entire encounter with Karlin.
"When an officer responds to somebody else's resistance, it's important to remember that is what we are doing. We are reacting to what the subject does," Grant said. "He dictated it would go this way. We didn't ask to arrest him. We weren't looking to arrest him. We weren't looking to get in a fight with him. He took the situation that direction and we had to respond to it."
Altogether, four arrests were made at Sunday's game at Arrowhead. Citing an NFL audit, Kansas City police say Arrowhead is one of the best stadiums in the NFL in terms of fan conduct and stadium safety
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