A man has been charged after grabbing a Kenosha police officer in his genitals Saturday.
Kenosha police officers responded to the Factory Bar on 7th Avenue about 2:30 a.m. for reports of a fight.
Once there, officers observed a small group of people arguing outside the bar and tried to talk with them. The group started walking away and when officers told them they were not free to go, they continued walking and ignored commands to stop, according to the criminal complaint.
One officer then recognized one of the men in the group who had a small, bleeding cut on his head as Jerry Watkins. The officer attempted to grab Watkins' arm, to which he immediately resisted. Other officers intervened and were eventually able to handcuff Watkins, but as they were attempting to place him in the squad car Watkins grabbed one of the officer's in the crotch area.
The officer demanded Watkins to let go saying, "He's got my d***. Spray him, spray him, he's got my d***."
At that point another officer deployed his OC spray and the defendant let go of the officer's genitals.
That officer visited the ER where they did not observe any injury. He was advised to follow up with a specialist in the following days.
Watkins has been charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, repeater, resisting an officer causing a soft tissue injury to officer, repeater, resisting an officer, repeater and disorderly conduct - PTAC, as a party to a crime, repeater. He faces up to $34,000 and/or over 12 years in prison.