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Incident Report for Case #2015-297154

Incident Type

Battery

Incident Date

09/02/2015 - 6:40 PM

Address

Prairie Rd. (at Jacobs Way)

Arrested

Latonya B. James, age 40, Madison
Suspect was arrested for Battery to Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray), Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting/Obstructing.

Nanyamka N. James, age 20, Madison
Suspect was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting, and on a Parole Hold.

Victim(s)

Madison Police officer

Details

A concerned citizen called 911 after a crowd converged on a Madison Police officer who was trying to keep the peace following a street fight on Prairie Rd. last night.

The witness "felt the officer was in trouble" saying it appeared someone had gone for his gun.

The officer had stopped his squad after spotting large number of people in the street. It appeared there was about to be a brawl or disturbance.

As he approached, he saw a woman punch a man in the face. He could also see the suspect was holding a can of pepper spray.  The officer went to arrest the woman, and was quickly surrounded as some voiced anti-police sentiments, including "we need to start killing these officers."
 
Soon, the suspect's daughter was grabbing the officer, trying to free her mother.  The officer tried to diffuse the situation by explaining to the crowd that the primary suspect had just punched someone and was armed with pepper spray. His words were ignored, and the struggle with the two suspects continued. At one point the older suspect struck the officer in the face and grabbed him by the throat. The officer could see many were recording the violence on their cell phones, as some accused him of misconduct and using excessive force.
 
Backup officers arrived and the two women were arrested.
 
On her way to jail, the primary suspect, threatened many times to kill the officer, the officer who had stopped with hopes of keeping things cool.
 
A nearby resident, not involved in the melee, wanted to make sure a detective, who was investigating the incident, knew that the officer who was battered has – in the past - done a great job reaching out to residents and communicating with the neighborhood.
 
 
 

Released 09/03/2015 at 10:35 AM by PIO Joel Despain

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