Photo capturing the moment woman was arrested at Waukesha business goes viral

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58)-- A Facebook post capturing the moment a woman was arrested outside of a Waukesha business on Saturday is attracting a lot of attention on social media.


The post, with more than 1,200 likes and more than 6,000 shares, claims the woman was treated poorly by police. Waukesha police said that post isn't telling the whole story.

The Waukesha Police Department said they received multiple 911 calls coming from inside Monkey Joe's after a woman allegedly assaulted someone over a game card.

In a statement to CBS 58, a representative for Monkey Joe's said they were working to resolve a conflict with the customer when "an outside party" called the police, adding that the situation escalated between the police and the customer.

Police said when they asked her to leave the business, she refused.

"She needed to leave. Staff wanted her to leave. Other customers wanted to leave," Waukesha Police Cpt. Dan Baumann said.

Dash camera video shows police escorting her outside. Baumann said she was resisting arrest.

"She starts to deadweight. She starts to go down, tries to go down to her knees. When she's stabilized up against the squad car, her knees are now on the push bars, on the bumper of the squad car. She's kicking her legs back and forth," Baumann said.

The viral photo shows the woman being carried by police officers.

"They laid her on the ground. There was no body slam. There was no hog tie," Baumann said.

Baumann said officers used police restraints and a mesh head covering, which is used to protect officers from bodily fluids.

"Whether intentionally, unintentionally, she's spitting on the officers," Baumann said.

Baumann said police acted within the scope of training and under statutory requirements.

The person who posted the incident to Facebook was not available for an interview on Tuesday.

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