Fond du Lac police are investigating an excessive use of force complaint against one of their officers. Video from the Fond du Lac County Jail shows Officer Joel Gudex slamming a handcuffed John Lund down on a table during an October 29th booking. Lund suffered a cut to the head, which had to be treated at St. Agnes Hospital. Deputy Police Chief Kevin Lemke says they investigate all allegations of excessive force. “Our department reviews every use of force . . . control holds all the way on to deadly force.”
Sheriff Mick Fink says his department made sure deputies on-duty at the jail at the time of the incident were available to investigators. “They interviewed five of our deputies,” says Fink. “I certainly have full faith and confidence in our correctional staff. They saw what they believed was something that needed to be looked into.” Fink says he sat down with his Chief Deputy Mark Strand, and Lemke, and they agreed an investigation was warranted.
Lemke says the city’s officers are trained on what type of force is appropriate and 99 percent of the time they make the right decision. “You watch TV, you see police shows where they’re using force every two minutes. That’s not the case here in Fond du Lac.” Officer Gudex continues to patrol the streets of Fond du Lac while the investigation continues.
Bob Nelson, KFIZ