WEST MEMPHIS, Tenn. – An encounter with a group of young women now has former West Memphis police officer David Kohl facing criminal charges, but back to how we got to this point and the story Kohl told around what is seen in the camera video dashboard.
On October 26, Kohl wrote in his report that he received a call about a group of girls fighting in Horton Park.
In the video you can see he approached the group saying he got a call about a fight. Several people in the group responded to him and said they weren’t fighting.
“There is no fight. You don’t see anyone fighting,” one said.
But Kohl was not giving up on the situation.
“You’re going to jail. The next swear word that comes out of your mouth, you’re going to jail,” Kohl told one.
A 19-year-old woman then protests, saying, “The next swear word? The next dirty word? I grew up.
Kohl then said there were children in the area. The 19-year-old swore and that’s when Kohl chased after her.
“No, don’t touch me,” she said.
Another officer arrives to break things up.
According to the report Kohl filed, he told a very different story than the one shown in the video.
He claimed he told the young woman he was looking for to ‘come here’ but ‘she refused’.
Kohl also said he repeatedly tried to defuse the young woman’s refusal to be arrested and she turned to him and began punching him in the face and head. He then said that other members of the group also started attacking him.
Shortly after the incident, the district attorney’s office was notified.
Kohl was placed on non-execution status, then fired and charged a few days later.
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