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City Denies Police Brutality Insurance Claim

Bill Wisth of Mequon claimed Port police used unnecessary force during his arrest in September, saying police "beat him up." Law officials said he was uncooperative, and Port officials on Tuesday denied his insurance claim.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction; charges have been filed against Wisth and the issue is pending in the courts.

A Mequon man with a history of protesting will not get anything from Port Washington in connection with an alleged police brutality incident after the city denied his claim on Tuesday.

Bill Wisth, 54, said Port Washington police beat him up during an arrest in September following an attempted confrontation with his son, who he said owed him money.

Port's insurance company — EMC Insurance Companies of Brookfield — submitted a request to the city to deny Wisth's claim, saying, "We do not see any negligence on the part of the City of Port Washington." Aldermen unanimously approved the denial on Tuesday.

A voicemail left with EMC seeking any further explanation was not returned; Patch was unable to find any working phone numbers to contact Wisth.

"All three of them grabbed me and threw me down on the hood of the car," Wisth had told Patch in September referring to Port police officers in his claim of brutality. "These people are beating me up — all I (wanted) was to check on my son."

Law enforcement officials denied his accusations, saying Wisth was "uncooperative" and threatened his son. Wisth is facing charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, and is set to appear in court next at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 13.

Wisth had made the news just a few months earlier than this incident for protesting Chuck's Place in Thiensville, after the restaurant had cut off his all-you-can-eat supply, according to WTMJ4. Restaurant workers say Wisth had eaten 12 pieces and was given eight more for the road in hopes he would leave, according to JSOnline.com, but he called police — and came back protesting two days later.

Matthew Drollinger February 08, 2013 at 05:49 AM
This article states that no charges of disorderly conduct have been filed, however according to the WCCA website it appears to me that one has been filed on October 15 (Case # 2012CM000647), although you have to search for "William" or "Will*" instead of "Bill".
Lyssa Beyer February 08, 2013 at 03:03 PM
@Matthew: You're right, I didn't notice the charge because the search apparently doesn't bring things up in order by date, so it was buried. I'll make a correction to the article, and request the criminal complaint.
arnie February 08, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I would not believe anything a cop says. They are caught in to many lies, and now that more cell phones have video, they are getting caught more.
Matthew Drollinger February 09, 2013 at 06:20 AM
@Lyssa: Glad to help out!
Terry February 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Yes. Absolutely. Because slandering a entire group of people is our way. Every cop, everywhere, is a corrupt liar. They are all the same. Just like all car salesmen are con artists. All bankers are Jewish. Heck it really doesn't matter. Pick any social, political, racial, religious, or work category. Stereotype them and slander them. Arnie says it OK.

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