Police in the United States were shocked when they discovered that a school athletic official had been arrested and charged with felony battery for allegedly beating a student during an altercation at an Oregon high school.
The arrest of Scott Wiedemann was made public by the US Department of Justice, which also released a statement about the incident: Wiedeman was arrested at his home by a member of the Oregon State Police in relation to an incident at Linn High School in Newport, Oregon, on April 26.
He was subsequently released without bail and charged on a charge of second-degree felony battery.
The incident occurred when Wiedman and his girlfriend, a member-at-large for Linn’s football team, were in the gym at Linsley High School when they were confronted by a student who was “threatening” them, according to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
The student then allegedly “attacked” the officer with a wooden stick, injuring the officer’s face and neck.
The student was also “severely beaten,” according to Oregon State University (OSU) Police Chief Brian DePillis, who spoke at the news conference.
Wieder was suspended from the football team following the incident, but the university has not announced whether Wiedmann will face any disciplinary action over it.
He is due back in court on May 1.
Wiesman, an assistant athletic director for Linsly, told local media that the officer “had no idea he was going to get hit.”
The officer had his gun drawn when he approached Wiedmans girlfriend and confronted her, Wiedmeister said, adding that he also saw “one or two” of the student’s parents, who were also in the area.
The teen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the altercation, according.
“I can tell you this, he was not trying to hurt me.
He didn’t even try to throw me to the ground,” Wiedsman told local news station KATU.
“He wasn’t trying to hit me.”
OSU said in a statement that Wiedmeran was suspended for one game in November 2016 after he was accused of assaulting a female student in the locker room.
The university has since taken steps to remove the officer from his position, but Wiedeeman told KATM that OSU still hasn’t explained what happened to the officer after the incident.
“We don’t know what happened.
We don’t have the details,” Wiesmann told KUTV.
“They are very protective of the people that they have there, and it’s really disappointing to see.”
OSO has since launched an internal investigation into the incident and said it is looking into the possibility of criminal charges.
The school is also investigating the officer for alleged “incidents involving students, faculty and staff, including the use of excessive force.”
The OSO is not the first school to be involved in a controversial incident involving police.
In February, the Ohio State University police were involved in an incident in which a woman, who was not a student, was allegedly attacked by two officers after they responded to reports of a fight at the university.
The officers reportedly “used excessive force and were later cleared of any wrongdoing.”