APPLETON - Outagamie County sheriff's deputies did not use excessive force during a July traffic stop, an investigation has determined.
The Appleton Police Dept. was asked to investigate the deputies' actions in the July 27 stop after the man who was arrested, Joshua Peterson, filed a complaint. The 32-year-old De Pere man was stopped in the parking lot of a Darboy gas station for operating while intoxicated. In a July interview with FOX 11, Peterson said that when the deputy asked him to do a field sobriety test, Peterson wanted to know his rights. Peterson said he did not trust the deputy and did not want to get out of his car. Peterson said he and the deputy debated for about 15 minutes until two more deputies arrived. He said a deputy then pulled him out of his car and his head was smashed on the ground.
In the interview with FOX 11, Peterson admitted he was drunk, saying, "I probably would have been a lot more reasonable had I not been drinking."
According to Capt. Mike Jobe of the Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Dept., the investigation determined the deputies used a level of force that was reasonable and in compliance with Wisconsin Department of justice Defense and Arrest Tactics and sheriff's department policies.
"This means that the incident occurred, but was justified, lawful and proper under the circumstances," Jobe wrote in a news release.
The deputies involved were not taken off active duty.
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