Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lawsuit filed against Mount Pleasant police officer

From Kenosha News:

In this photo, Nancy Kowalczuk kisses her son, Michael Kowalczuk, in the hospital after an encounter with Mount Pleasant Police Officer Eric Giese on Sept. 3, 2013. Michael Kowalczuk reportedly suffered an orbital fracture, dislocated shoulder and broken jaw after being punched by Giese and falling after being Tasered following a traffic stop.
Eric Giese, the Mount Pleasant police sergeant who shot and killed Ty’ Rese West on June 15 in what was deemed to be self-defense, is being sued in federal court for allegedly using excessive force against a suspected drunken driver in September 2013.
Police Chief Matt Soens and the Village of Mount Pleasant are listed as defendants in the case along with Giese.
The man who filed the lawsuit, 31-year-old Michael Kowalczuk of Mount Pleasant, reportedly suffered a broken jaw, dislocated shoulder and orbital fracture, causing one of his eyes to be knocked out of its socket, after being punched in the face and shocked twice with a Taser stun gun by Giese after he was handcuffed.
In dash-camera video obtained by The Journal Times, Kowalczuk is shown getting out of his car right after he was stopped. Giese is then shown leading him to the ground and telling him to put his hands behind his back.

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