MADISON (WKOW) -- University of Wisconsin Police on Friday released the surveillance video from the October 11 game at Camp Randall Stadium against Penn State that shows a dispute with a fan that ultimately resulted in tasering.
It shows Margaret Hiebing sitting in the aisle of Section U, and police asking her to find a seat. The incident lasted about ten minutes ten minutes.
Since October 11, fans sitting nearby who witnessed the event told us they thought the tasering was excessive. On Friday, UW Police said the fan had a routine seating problem, but then crossed a line.
The video is taken wide from a camera across the football field. Clearly visible at times are at least nine UW police officers in the aisle.
Two or three were asking Hiebing, wearing a pink shirt, to move out of the aisle. "There's several minutes leading up to the incident where you can see officers going up to the fan, asking her to get back into her seat, asking her to move," said UW Police Sgt. Jason Whitney.
Both Whitney and witnesses said Hiebing's row was jammed with fans and no room to sit. Whitney said it's not unusual because seats are allotted for about 17 inches per fan, but often people end up taking more room.
Whitney said officers tried to make room, about six minutes into the video, Hiebing made a kicking motion. "When the fan kicked the police supervisor that's when things kind of escalated into having her removed from the section," he said.
That's when officers swarmed, carrying Hiebing up the aisle toward the concourse. It's difficult to see her at that point. Whitney said she struggled with police again. "They were unsuccessful in handcuffing her because of her resistence," he said, "and that's when the tasing occurred."
One fan sitting nearby captured a blurry cell phone video of the struggle. Others told us they thought the force was unnecessary.
"I was shocked," said Seth Dahmen, who took the camera phone image, in an interview with 27 News last month. "I couldn't believe it, it was just really scary sight."
"Most of us in the section were pleading with the officer and then responding officers to stop," said witness Brett Perzentka in October.
The video does show officers then placing Hiebing in a wheelchair and moving her down the concourse. She was later booked for disorderly conduct. An ugly incident of a lack of seating, that UW Police said had never resulted in a taser before.
"There's several minutes where the officer attempts to solve a seating issue, and it turns into a behavioral issue when the fan kicks an officer," said Whitney. "When a fan kicks an officer, that's when the line is drawn."
Whitney said the UW Police department is still investigating whether the use of the taser was appropriate. He said two more witnesses need to be interviewed before a decision is made.
Both Margaret Hiebing and her husband Roman Hiebing received disorderly conduct citations. They pleaded not guilty in those cases. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for next month. Calls to the Hiebing's attorney were not returned on Friday.