MILWAUKEE - Squad cars patrolled the block Tuesday where a man is accused of punching and kicking a police officer Monday afternoon.
The struggle between a pair of police officers and two cousins erupted out of a routine field interview, police said.
Neighborhood Task Force Officer Dwain Monteilh suffered a broken orbital bone and bleeding behind his eye.
“Very disappointed,” Milwaukee Common Council president Willie Hines told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. “Very sad and troubled. We know they put their life on the line. We hope people respect that.”
Chief Edward Flynn spoke to reporters Monday night after visiting the officer in the hospital.
“He was taken to the ground and engaged in a struggle with that suspect who attempted to take the officer’s service weapon,” Flynn said.
24-year-old Tory Johnson is in custody for the assault. The confrontation with police happened right in front of the home where Johnson’s sister, Lakisha Taylor, lives.
“By the time I came down here, the police were tossing Tory toward my car,” she said.
18-year-old cousin Keandre Johnson is also in custody.
The suspect’s family disputes the police account of what happened, including the claim that Johnson reached for the officer’s gun.
“Tory never reached for the police officer’s gun,” Taylor said. “When the police officer screamed and said he’s reaching for my gun, I said, no he’s not.”
Johnson’s mother, Lois Harris, says she also witnessed police engaged with her son. She is thankful the officers did not use deadly force.
“I’m grateful,” Lois Harris said. “I thank God that they didn’t show no kind of force with killing him.”
Officer Monteilh, 43, is recovering at home after a night’s stay at Froedtert Medical Center. Monteilh will be seen by medical specialists in the coming days, a police spokesperson said.
The District Attorney’s office planned to review the case beginning Tuesday afternoon for charges.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also visited the wounded officer in the hospital, the mayor’s spokesperson said.