Officers testify about force used in Meinders incident

By WEEK Producer

July 19, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill -- In day two of the trial of Kenny Meinders several new witnesses took the stand, revealing new details about his incident with police.

One officer testified that use of deadly force in the situation would have been appropriate.

Meinders faces charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and resisting police stemming from a domestic disturbance in Low Point last summer.

A neighbor called the cop after she allegedly saw Meinders assaulting his girlfriend Lori Forney.

After five officers attempted to arrest Meinders he was seriously injured.

A State police investigation found no wrong doing by police.

Former Washburn Officer Nicholas Smith testified he kicked down the door to the room where authorities were struggling with Meinders. He proceeded to punch him multiple times.

On cross examination he admitted he alone tased Meinders 19 times.

Smith said that Meinders attempted to grab his weapon, but during cross examination revealed that he never mentioned it in his police report.

Smith says he feared for the safety of every officer in the room.

Another former Washburn officer, Adam Ragon, testified Meinders grabbed the handle of his gun as well. Ragon said that he never personally struck or tased Meinders.

The prosecution rested its case Thursday.

The defense called Forney to the stand, who said that she was not attacked by Meinders.

She said her injuries came from an accidental elbow during a fight between Meinders and his nephew.

The defense also called an expert on police procedures to the stand, who said that police are authorized to use deadly force if someone is going for their weapon and that a taser is not a proper weapon for this situation.

The defense continues its case tomorrow.

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