Video shows aggressive arrest by MPD in downtown Milwaukee
WTMJ News Team
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MILWAUKEE- Video shot last night on one of Milwaukee's busiest streets is filled with violent images of an arrest by Milwaukee police.
The video is nearly two minutes long -- and it's filled with jarring images and foul language -- all on Water Street.
TODAY'S TMJ4 spent the morning talking to witnesses who saw exactly what happened. They already had their phones out taking pictures of the Lamborghini as it drove away and couldn't believe what they saw next.
The man who shot the video didn't want to be identified, but said the driver forgot to put his lights on, so police tried to pull him over and that's when the trouble started.
You can hear police as they try to get the man out of the car, once the driver's on the ground an officer pounds him twice. The witness TODAY'S TMJ4 talked with said he didn't see the man fight police.
He posted the video on YouTube so that everyone can see what happened.
Police ultimately arrested the man in the tape for drunk driving.
According to MPD spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz:
"Milwaukee police officers made an arrest of a suspected drunken driver Thursday night, April 12 at about 11 p.m. in the 200 block of E. Juneau Ave. The suspect, Jeffrey R. Strasser (4-29-1972), was cited for Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated. The matter is under review for additional charges.
A police sergeant observed a reckless driver at Water St. & Juneau Ave. operating a 2008 Lamborghini in a manner that posed a danger to the public in the Water Street area. The sergeant, in a marked police squad, activated his red lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle. Strasser refused to stop. Strasser was observed operating with no headlamps, disregarding a stop sign and endangering the public safety by operating the vehicle in a manner that forced other vehicles to take evasive action to avoid collision. As Strasser pulled into a parking lot, he nearly struck multiple pedestrians and uniformed police officers.
Strasser eventually stopped and refused to exit the vehicle. Strasser was taken to the ground as officers removed him. One officer delivered focused strikes to gain compliance and control as Strasser was resisting attempts to place handcuffs on him. During the booking process, the 6'0, 200-pound suspect, in response to direct police questioning, stated he was not injured, had no complaint of pain and did not require medical attention .
Strasser was placed under arrest and about 90 minutes after the traffic stop, was still more than twice the legal limit with a Blood Alcohol Content of .19. Strasser has a prior OWI conviction from 1999."