Wichita police union fires back after Mayor Whipple's comments, Chief looking at policies
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Actions of two off-duty Wichita police officers are being scrutinized after fight with two teenagers.
Tuesday the Fraternal Order of Police fired back at Wichita's mayor for blasting the actions of their officers. They call what the Mayor said about what happened that night reckless.
Police Chief Joe Sullivan is looking hard at his department's policies.
"I was not contacted by the police, I was contacted by one of my other children that were there. I have seen the video first,” said Mia Moore, the mother of the 15-year-old daughter.
The mother of this 15-year-old girl caught on camera during a scuffle at a West Wichita Skating Rink Saturday night pleaded with the City Council Tuesday morning. Investigators say the girl tried to hit a police officer and missed after the skating rink asked her to leave. Police say that's when a 16-year-old boy hit the officer in the back of the head. Then you see the fight play out in this video. Eventually, the officer sprayed the boy with pepper spray.
Both of the mothers of the teenagers in this now viral video say they were not contacted by police after their kids were arrested. Police Chief Joe Sullivan tells KAKE News there is a policy for parental notification, which could mean a guardian.
"I was in city council this morning and I did make a note of that. And I made that part of the investigation. When I do make public findings that will be included in there,” said Wichita Police Chief Joe Sullivan.
Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple lashed out at police on Monday at a community news conference.
"When I saw a grown trained armed man with 100 pounds on that kid posture up and try to kill him with a punch like that. I know that this could have been a lot worse,” said Brandon Whipple, Mayor of Wichita.
Tuesday, the Wichita Police Union released a statement saying in part:
“We are disappointed by the Mayor's Statements. We would hope the mayor who is tasked with leading the city would not make reckless statements without knowing all the facts and context.”
Mia Moore also says Wichita Police did not allow her 15-year-old daughter to get medical attention before being taken into custody at the juvenile intake center. Also, she couldn't talk to her daughter for hours.
“They refused my child's medical attention. I was demanding that she be medically cleared before taken to JIAC. They refused. I called JIAC. JIAC said she must be medically cleared,” said Moore.
"I'm looking at that policy. Especially as it pertains to juveniles. I mean under Kansas law when a juvenile is in our custody we can take them for treatment and authorize that treatment,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan tells KAKE News he empathizes with both of the mothers and will continue his investigation.
"I'm a parent. So obviously I understand how parents feel when they see that video. But that's why I’m asking everyone to help me. Because we certainly know the actual video does not begin at that second,” said Sullivan.
The Mayor tells KAKE News in a statement that says in part:
"I fully support [Chief Sullivan's] push for a comprehensive investigation so we may determine the facts, and then takes appropriate action. Any accusation to the contrary is misinformation."
Sullivan says he was not invited to the community news conference the mayor was at yesterday. He tells us, he is willing to meet with anyone on this issue.