SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police Chief Paul Williams concluded his review of a large disturbance that occurred in front of 220 W. Walnut St. early on Sunday, Oct. 30, just after the downtown Halloween pub crawl was ending. After reviewing eyewitness accounts, police reports, use-of-force reports and arrest reports, he concluded officers acted appropriately and used proper levels of force to make arrests and keep the disturbance from growing.
The disturbance began at 1:20 a.m. when officers were called to a fight. As officers were attempting to detain the fighters, pub patrons surrounded the officers, creating an immediate danger to their safety. As arriving officers were attempting to move people away from the officers making arrests, people began assaulting the officers by shoving and punching.
There were only three uses of force on three people:
1) a baton strike to the thigh of a suspect charging an officer;
2) OC pepper spray on a woman who was shoving an officer; and
3) an electric stun gun (Taser) on someone who was punching and shoving an officer.