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Officer feeds yogurt to suspect during arrest

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison police officer wants his sergeant to be recognized for his act of kindness during an arrest.

According to an MPD incident report, the officer said his sergeant spoon-fed a container of yogurt to a suspect when the man was arrested.

It all started when officers responded to a call on the 1300 block of Williamson Street around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5. Police say an independent snow removal contractor told them he was clearing a sidewalk when his part-time helper, 44-year-old Andrew Schmitt of Madison, confronted him. The contractor told police he called Schmitt that morning and told him his help was not needed.

The contractor told police Schmitt pushed him into a snow bank and cut his face with a small paring knife, and then hit him a couple of times with a plastic snow shovel. Police say the victim had only superficial lacerations and did not need to go to the hospital.

Later that day, officers found Schmitt inside a business on Williamson Street. A snippet from the employee recognition form filed by the arresting officer covers the arrest from there:

"Unfortunately for the suspect, he had just opened a tub of his favorite lemon flavored Greek yogurt, which he was about to enjoy when officers arrived. As he was about to be escorted out, the suspect realized that he was soon to part with his beloved yogurt, and politely requested a taste before being taken to jail. Unbeknownst to the suspect, fortune had smiled upon him when he crossed the path of (the MPD) sergeant. Our kindhearted and benevolent leader then picked up the yogurt, procured a plastic spoon, and proceeded to spoon feed the entire container of yogurt to our arrestee as he was escorted out of the store."

The officer also reported that store management and passersby were impressed by the act of humanity, and that the arrested man was also touched. "He (the sergeant) must have children... he was so gentle," the suspect told the arresting officer, according to the incident report.

Andrew Schmitt was arrested for 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and a probation hold. He told police that the contractor owes him money for past shoveling jobs, and that he was the one attacked.
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