Posted: Monday, 16 July 2012 4:30PM
Officer on Leave
A Galesville police officer has been on leave since May as authorities investigate an altercation between the officer and a Galesville resident, the latest in a series of incidents involving the two that have led to complaints and restraining orders, according to court documents.
Police reports, court documents and a copy of the video introduced as evidence as part of a separate case identify the officer as James Brudos, an 18-year veteran of the Galesville force.
The La Crosse Tribune reports footage from a dashboard camera in Brudos' cruiser shows the May 5 incident, during which Brudos attempted to arrest Clint Harmston for driving a truck that was not street-legal.
Harmston appeared agitated on the video, frequently making phone calls, telling Brudos he can't arrest him and then getting back inside his truck, despite Brudos' repeated requests not to move.
The video shows Brudos striking Harmston with his knee and the two briefly struggled off-camera, according to audio from the video. Brudos arrested Harmston on suspicion of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.