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Report: Green Bay Police Officer Wicklund has prior complaints of excessive force

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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) - An open records request with the city of Green Bay finds that there have been 14 complaints filed against a police officer under investigation for using excessive force caught on video.

FOX 11 reports that prior to the April arrest video that went viral showing Officer Derek Wicklund arrest a man outside a downtown bar, Wicklund had already been investigated for using excessive force five times.

The 14 formal complaints filed against him have been since April 2006.

City officials provided FOX 11 with documents for 13 of those complaints, because the 14th case still needs to be approved by another officer who was involved.

The first of five excessive force complaints came in April 2006, when a woman said that Wicklund injured her back while she was being arrested. The Green Bay Police Department found Wicklund's actions were justified.

The second came a year later, when a woman says Wicklund caused bruises to her arm when handcuffing her and putting her in a squad car. It's not known from the documents what the outcome of that complaint was.

In September 2009, the third complaint was filed by the owner of Vicenzi's Nightclub. Wicklund was accused of pushing people for no reason. According to the investigation, the PD found there wasn't enough evidence to prove or disprove the complaint. However, police did say that more evidence would've likely led to an arrest of the bar owner for giving false statements.

The fourth complaint was in February 2013, when a woman said Wicklund punched a man 10 times in the arm to wake him up. Police said Wicklund didn't do anything wrong.

The fifth case, from July 2013, a man claimed Wicklund injured his ribs while throwing him on a squad car. Wicklund was cleared in that case as well.

The eight complaints not related to excessive force were for various things, including rudeness, false accusations, and harassment.

One of the complaints against Wicklund was from within the department. Police say he went into a secure area of the evidence room. Wicklund said he was trying to get something he accidently dropped inside the room. Police ruled Wicklund violated department policy, but did not take any disciplinary action.

Wicklund could've objected to the release of these documents, but he chose not to.

Right now, the investigation into the cell phone video arrest has now been turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. There is currently no timeline for when it will be completed.

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