SHEBOYGAN — A Sheboygan man was found guilty by a jury after a traffic stop last November that resulted in the man being tasered.
Damon T. Green, of Sheboygan, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer and felony bail jumping.
According to the criminal complaint, officers Brent Vreeke and Alex Jaeger who were assigned to the Sheboygan Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, conducted a traffic stop near South Commerce Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The reason for the stop was for a headlight violation.
Jaeger made contact with the driver of the vehicle and Vreeke made contact on the passenger side with Green, who was not wearing a seatbelt. Vreeke asked the man for his identification and Green questioned why. The officer explained to Green that he was not wearing a seatbelt and that he would would be receiving a citation. The man then grabbed his wallet with his left hand and Vreeke saw a clear plastic sandwich style baggie with white powdery substance inside. Vreeke believed the substance to be cocaine.
Vreeke repeatedly asked Green to roll down the window or open the door of the vehicle, and he hesitated and prolonged a simple direction considerably as Vreeke was ultimately required to reach into the vehicle and opened the door himself according to the criminal complaint. Green refused to exit the vehicle and Vreeke attempted to grasp onto Green’s left hand which was holding the suspected cocaine and the man pulled away from him.
Due to Green’s furtive movements and the fact that he was in possession of suspected cocaine, combined with the facts that he was resisting the officers orders and physically resisting the officers ordering him to get out of the vehicle, Jaeger tased the man.
During a search of the vehicle for the baggie of suspected cocaine, police found a clear plastic sandwich baggie with what was later found to be 1.5 grams of cocaine inside.
During a motion hearing in March, the court found the traffic stop was valid and there was no basis for unreasonable force. A jury found the man guilty on all three counts. Judge Edward L. Stengel sentenced Green to four years of probation according to online court records.