Surveillance, bodycam footage shows drunken UW student hitting officer in face


MADISON, Wis. - UW-Madison Police Department body camera and surveillance footage shows a drunken student hitting a police officer in the face and resisting arrest.

Logan M. Mitchell, 18, is facing charges after he was accused of injuring two officers who responded to a report of him peeing in a hallway at Witte Hall around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

UWPD released bodycamera footage of the incident Wednesday. The video shows officers repeatedly telling Mitchell to get on the ground and Mitchell stumbling, swearing and resisting arrest.

When the first officer arrived at the scene, Mitchell's pants zipper was undone and he was holding his pants up. After Mitchell ignored the officer’s commands and refused to sit, the officer turned Mitchell to stabilize him against the wall.

As the officer stabilized him, Mitchell swore, pushed away from the wall and hit the officer’s face around his right eye, according to the criminal complaint.

The officer then backed away and drew his Taser. Then, two more officers assisted in handcuffing Mitchell, who continued to resist officers and swear, the complaint said. During the arrest, one of the officers fell on his knee and felt pain in his right elbow and his right hand went numb.

Both officers who were injured were taken to a hospital. Mitchell was taken to the Dane County Jail where a preliminary blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.20, the complaint said.

Mitchell is facing charges of felony battery to an officer, felony resisting an officer causing substantial bodily harm and misdemeanor resisting an officer.