Kenosha, WI – A combative suspect was pepper-sprayed and arrested after he grabbed a Kenosha police officer’s genitals during a brawl outside a local bar.
The incident began at approximately 2:25 a.m. on Saturday, when the Kenosha Police Department (KPD) received a report that a bar fight was underway at the Factory Bar on Seventh Avenue, the Kenosha News reported.
Police arrived to find a group of people involved in a verbal altercation outside the bar and tried to make contact with them.
The crowd ignored the officers and refused to follow their commands, then began screaming and yelling profanities as they walked down the street, the Kenosha News reported.
One of the officers recognized a member of the group as 30-year-old Jerry Watkins, but Watkins went on the fight when the officers tried to talk with him.
The suspect was taken to the ground during the brawl that ensued and was ultimately placed in handcuffs.
Watkins went on the fight again when one of the officers went to put him into a patrol vehicle, the Kenosha News reported.
During the second scuffle, the handcuffed suspect allegedly grabbed onto the officer’s genitals and began crushing them, causing a “very sharp and very intense pain,” court documents read.
The officer ordered Watkins to let go of him, yelling out, “He’s got my d–k! Spray him, spray him, he’s got my d—k,” TMJ reported.
Another officer at the scene deployed his pepper spray, at which point Watkins released his grip.
The injured officer had no visible injuries when he went to the hospital for an evaluation, but hospital personnel urged him to follow up with a specialist, TMJ reported.
Watkins was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, resisting an officer causing a soft tissue injury to the officer, and battery to a law enforcement officer, according to the Kenosha News.
The charges against him are all listed as felonies with repeater status, according to the paper.
He faces over 12 years in prison and a $34,000 fine if he is convicted, TMJ reported.
Watkins was given a $2,500 cash bond during his initial appearance hearing on Monday, according to the Kenosha News.
He is due back in court on March 17.