Man accuses UW-La Crosse cops of wrongful arrest

LA CROSSE, Wis. - A man is suing two University of Wisconsin-La Crosse police officers after he was arrested last year for trying to use his videocamera at a debate.

Ron Clark of La Crosse attended a congressional debate on campus with a friend. Posted signs said videotaping wasn't allowed but photographs were permitted.

A Wisconsin Public Radio report says the friend began videotaping the event. As police tried to remove him, Clark pulled out his camera to videotape the officers. Police then handcuffed him and removed him from the event.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, although the charges were dismissed.

Clark is now suing the officers for false arrest.

University Police Chief Scott Rohde declined comment. He says the matter has been referred to UW System attorneys.


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