A pair of teenage brothers were arrested and several police officers injured when a fight broke out at a Jeffersontown High School on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a JCPS spokesperson, the school’s resource officer, who works for Jeffersontown PD, intervened in a fight between two students in the cafeteria. One of those students attempted to fight the officer, prompting him to call for backup.
That student was led out of school around 1 p.m. Wednesday with several students, including his brother following.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Ken Hatmaker said that student was furious over his brother’s arrest and when he returned inside, he punched an officer in the head.
Video of that incident was obtained by the department and made public Wednesday evening.
After the initial punch, Hatmaker, watching the video, said: “The officer is scrambling on his hands and feet, trying to get back up off the ground, regain his composure and footing. The young man hits him again, knocking him against the wall.”
A second video has been shared thousands of times on social media and WLKY is working to get permission to air that video. It shows what happens moments later when two other officers get involved. The student is held on the ground and police admit, he is hit with a Taser. An officer is also seen displaying a Taser in an effort to gain control of the crowd.
Hatmaker said his officers acted within their rights, “We try to do right. We will do right but, you know, we’re not going to get beat up and play victim and not defend ourselves, and that’s what we did today, defend ourselves.”
Those officers involved, Hatmaker said, would not be put on administrative leave. He said the men received only minor injuries including cuts and bruises.
The two brothers, both younger than 18, are facing various charges including assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Matt Kingsely, the principal at Jeffersontown High School, released a statement reading in part: “These kinds of incidents will not be tolerated at Jeffersontown High School. I am in the process of reviewing school security footage to determine every student involved. Those students will be disciplined to the fullest extent our policies will allow.”
WLKY has been told this was the third fight Wednesday at the high school.