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GBPD: Officer Derek Wicklund cleared of wrongdoing in controversial arrest

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Still photo taken from Green Bay Police arrest video. (Photo from: YouTube).
Still photo taken from Green Bay Police arrest video. (Photo from: YouTube).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A report released by the Green Bay Police Department Tuesday found Officer Derek Wicklund acted properly during a controversial arrest earlier this year caught on cell phone video.

During a news conference, Chief Tom Molitor says that Wicklund followed appropriate department procedures and policies during an arrest made outside a downtown Green Bay bar in April.

The video, which went viral online after its upload to YouTube, showed Wicklund pushing a man into a squad car, tackling him to the ground and appeared to be roughing him up while taking the man into custody.

The Green Bay P.D. unveiled their over 80 page report, along with showing several different video angles of the incident along S. Washington Street which have never been seen before. Included in their presentation were interviews and multiple witness statements.

Lt. Chad Ramos also spent time going over not just what police look for in the different video angles when it comes to their investigation, but also the proper procedure in arresting someone.

Wicklund had been accused of using excessive force during the incident, and the report was reviewed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice prior to its release Tuesday. Officer Wicklund has also seen the report before it was made public.

You can read the DOJ review here.

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