Jerrel Perez sues Shawn Guetschow, Kenosha over school fight
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Kenosha police officer Shawn Guetschow is seen placing his right knee on the neck of a student he has pinned to the ground. The student is lying on her side and is wearing a tie-dyed sweatshirt.

Kenosha police officer Shawn Guetschow is seen kneeling the neck of a student at Lincoln Middle School in March 2022 (via YouTube screengrab/WISN).

The parent of a middle school student says that an off-duty police officer used excessive force in subduing his child when he appears to have used his knee to keep the girl pinned to the ground after getting into a fight with another student.

Jerrel Perez has sued the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, along with the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) and Shawn Guetschow over a March 4, 2022 altercation at Lincoln Middle School.

According to the lawsuit, Jane Doe and another student, identified in the pleading as “Student L,” got into a fight in the cafeteria. Guetschow, working as a security officer for the school district, intervened. The officer and the students became entangled at one point, and Guetschow fell.

After that, according to the lawsuit, things got dangerous for Jane Doe.

“After falling, Guetschow immediately gripped Jane Doe around her neck and positioned her on the floor in a prone position,” the lawsuit says. “Guetschow then held Jane Doe’s face down against the cafeteria floor by placing his right hand on the back of Jane Doe’s neck.”

The description drew comparisons to former police officer Derek Chauvin’s May 2020 murder of George Floyd, which sparked racial justice protests nationwide.

The Kenosha police have also been implicated in the shooting deaths of two protestors by Kyle Rittenhouse, who was deemed to have been acting in self-defense.

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