UPDATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Newly released surveillance video shows Wichita police dispersing unruly crowds after the Old Town bars let out for the night last Saturday.
KAKE News has obtained video showing the incident from multiple camera angles. That video can be viewed in its entirety below.
We continue to follow this developing story and will bring you the latest tonight on KAKE News at 10.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams is talking about the recent use of tear gas on a crowd in Old Town late last week.
Early Friday morning when area bars were closing, police officers deployed tear gas outside a club in the 200 block of North Mosley.
During the daily police briefing Wednesday, Chief Williams said there had been multiple disturbances that night and a police supervisor deemed the use of tear gas necessary. The chief went on to say that supervisor acted reasonably, and that its deployment was effective in dispersing the crowd.
Chief Williams said officers are trained for crowd control by using many tools, including tear gas, and that they have the obligation to use those tools to keep people safe.
He also said that people need to be accountable for their own actions.
Cameras that had been set up in the area were not working but police said they should be operational by the weekend.
Deb Farris is working on a story about the use of tear gas and the reaction from Old Town for later KAKE newscasts.