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Video suggests chaos during taser incident at Camp Randall


Madison (WKOW) -- Videotape obtained by 27 News of a woman fan who was subjected to a taser during a Badger football game suggests the incident created chaos.

   The videotape recorded by eyewitness Seth Dahmen captures fans yelling at UW police officers over police handling of ejected fan Margaret Hiebing.   Hiebing, 54, a long time season ticket holder who had not been drinking, was ejected from Camp Randall stadium during the Oct. 11 game against Penn State after she was discovered sitting in a stadium aisle, with her seat occupied by someone else.   Authorities said a taser was used to subdue Heibing.

   "She was lying on the ground face down and she was still kind of squirming, so they tasered her,"  Dahmen told 27 News.   "On the back of the calf."

   "I was shocked.   I couldn't believe it, it was just really (a) scary sight."   Dahmen said a police officer initially threatened Hiebing with pepper spray when Hiebing refused to leave the stadium seating area.

   Former Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Director Dennis Hanson told 27 News the use of a taser is an accepted intermediate option when the subject of police commands is not cooperating.

   "There are hand tactics, compliance holds, and pain tactics that are deployed first,"  Hanson said.  

   Hanson said factors such as thick, layered clothing can sometimes prevent officers from using less aggressive tactics than a taser.  

   While not familiar with the October Camp Randall incident, Hanson said officers may have had to force Hiebing into the prone position in the stadium concourse, and the escalation to a taser may have been the next step to force compliance. 

   The videotape also shows police officers confining Hiebing to a wheelchair in the process of ejecting her.

   A petition signed by more than two dozen Badger fans who witnessed Hiebing's treatment, including Dahmen states police conduct was not appropriate.   UW-Madison police lieutenant William Larson told 27 News the department's review of the use of a taser in subduing Hiebing has not been completed.

   UW-Madison police officials have refused to consider releasing stadium videotape of the incident to 27 News until at least next month, when Hiebing and her husband have a scheduled court appearance on disorderly conduct citations.   Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard declined to criminally charge the Hiebings.

   When contacted by 27 News, Margaret Hiebing declined comment.   Hiebing and her husband are long time football season ticket holders who have donated up to $5,000 to UW Athletics in the past two years.


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