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Chief: Officers in YouTube Clip Did Their Job

Jeff Garretson - October 9, 2013 11:45 am

Salina Interim Police Chief Carson Mansfield explains what happened during the incident that was caught on video.

Salina Interim Police Chief Carson Mansfield explains what happened during the incident that was caught on video.

Interim Chief of Police Carson Mansfield held a media conference Wednesday morning to break down a YouTube video that captured an arrest made outside a Salina bar last week.

The video clip, which has been viewed over 21,000 times, shows an arrest in progress, and then a second officer forcing another individual to the ground.

Chief Mansfield tells KSAL News that the officer made a decision in a split second, “I don’t know what he could of done differently,” he said.

“The officer threw the subject to the ground and then assumed a guard position to make certain no other individual from the group would jump on the back of the arresting officer.”

Police were dispatched to the Speakeasy Bar and Grill, 2030 S. Ohio on Friday night at about 11:30pm, after staff called 911 about a fight that had spilled into the patio area of the bar.

Several patrons were asked by management to leave the bar and the area near the front door. Police arrested 22-year-old Mitchell Vest of Salina for disorderly conduct and failure to comply with officers.

During the incident, the arresting police officer reported that he felt someone punch him in the back. Video then shows another officer forcing that individual to the ground.

Police are now seeking an arrest warrant for that suspect for 1count of Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer and 1 count of Obstruction of an Officer.

Chief Mansfield says he was proud of the way the officers conducted themselves, “You’re dealing with people who are already in a fight. You know they are prone to fight. So you have to take control of the situation, and some force had to be used here,” he said.

“I don’t know how you could use less force than he used.”

Here is the video. CAUTION EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEWNl1nTU6Q

Fuchs Mi

October 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE…..Looks to me the acting chief wants to see it for the police department not how it actually happened. Hey acting chief you have a patrolman with an anger problem which he definately showed in this film. How would you like to have someone in your family slammed to the ground not taken down appropriately as officers are trained to do. This video is full of violations by your patrolmen but they sure clean up their act once they find out they are being video. By the way Carson that was no defensive stand he took after the WWF slam he gave that guy.

Doris Tatro

October 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Well, I’m going to have to agree with Mansfield. That man should not have moved towards the officer. I googled the two names, Vest and Tanner, and they’ve both been taken in over alcohol related crimes before, just google it and you can see it for yourself. I think this was a group of young, drunk people and they didn’t know how to control their anger for authority and they kept going on. Don’t get in a physical fight in a bar and don’t get the cops called on you.

Fuchs Mi

October 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

What would we find if we ran Doris Tatro? A persspn cannot knit pick a situation like this. The cop was angry as it clearly shows and the way he slammed the guy for no real reason is unconstitutional. People were talking but nobody was physically invoved with the cops in a way of pushing them ect. Those involved asked questions of them and they were rude towards the people until they were aware of being filmed. This particular officer acted like he could do whatever he wanted to because he had a badge and his little dance after he slammed that guy was uncalled for. He is darn lucky that guy did not land on his head and died.

Thomas Heiter

October 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Good! I hope ksal makes a point of letting everyone know when this second pos is arrested. Everyone in that parking lot should thank their lucky stars they live in this, the greatest country in the world. They would have faced much harsher treatment in many “civilized” countries. Some of our allies included. Chew on that for a while you crybabies.

Thomas Heiter

October 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

dear fuchs mi, i think if you google me or doris you will not find someone who is too chicken to put their name behind their words. only spineless cowards do that. therefore, anything that you have to say in response carries absolutely no meaning to me. i applaud ksal’s new login procedures. too bad there are cowards like you who find ways to circumvent the system. you sir, are a disgrace.

Kevin Hays

October 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

You are so right Thomas all they are is a bunch of worthless cowards. This officer did nothing wrong. The City of Salina is lucky to have Officers like him.

Gaye Males

October 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

What I have observed about the Salina Police Department is their unprofessional approach to matters such as this. They abuse their authority and nothing is ever done about it. I suggest anyone that is ever involved with them to either video it yourself or have someone else do it. When more video’s start coming in they will not be able to cover it up like they are doing here. I also feel that cop has an anger issue just by the way he acted and should be relieved of his duty.

Fuchs Mi

October 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Well Thomas heiter you should know about reinventing yourself because you have done it several times and here you are doing it once again. Actually it has been real nice on hre without you bully and its jst a matter of time until you are gone again. As for the cop I still believe he has anger problems from the way he acted and I would wager if he is not fired because of this he will be in the future.

Thomas Heiter

October 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

hahaha. typical rant. it appears you are the only one “reinventing” yourself here fuchs mi. not only is your make believe name obscene you also lack the personal courage and fortitude to put your REAL name out here for all to see. please “reinvent” yourself again and identify yourself as the author of these rediculous anonymous comments. but alas, i am 100% confident that you will not. good day, sir.

Fuchs Mi

October 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I take exception to you making fun of my name. Evidently your mama taught you manners of an alley cat. This is my real name and if you were standing in front of me saying this what that cop did to that guy would look like a kiss to what anger I would show.

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