Wauwatosa Police say the use of force review reveals Officer Evan Olson told five males to stop numerous times and they refused.
Use of Force Expert Bob Willis took a look at two separate videos with TODAY’S TMJ4.
"To me simply looking at it, it would appear that this individual isn't cooperating with the police officer,” Willis said. "The officer quickly closed the gap and laid on hands, that's justifiable, that's just plain good police work."
Police say they were called to the mall because the males were causing a disturbance and acting disorderly. Once Olson came in contact with one of them, a teen, a tussle occurred and during the arrest the teen was punched in the face.
"In my view, knowing what I know at this point today, I have no problem with the officer using that one strike to get that individual down to the ground,” Willis said.