Man Knees Missoula Police Officer in the Testicles During Arrest
Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On October 2, 2022, Missoula Fire Department and Missoula Emergency Services were called to a report of a male passed out behind a casino on North Reserve Street. The male became aggressive and law enforcement was called. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.
“Fire and medical were able to wake the male who was later identified as Dean Littlelight,” Arnold said. “Littlelight became aggressive and started threatening the person who called 911. He was very aggressive. He made concerning statements and gestures toward the victim. Fire intervened until officers arrived on scene.”
A Missoula Police Department officer arrived shortly after. Firefighters pointed out Littlelight who was walking behind a business.
“Littlelight was taken into custody,” Arnold said. “But as he was being taken into custody, Littlelight fought the officers and caused an injury to an officer on the scene. Officers were able to take Littlelight into custody without additional incident. During the preliminary investigation, officers spoke with witnesses, involved parties, and reviewed video surveillance. This case is still under investigation with the Missoula Police Department Detective Division.”
According to court documents, Littlelight became aggressive with a female employee of the casino. An officer spoke to the female who said she found Littlelight unconscious on the ground outside in an awkward position and tried to wake him up, which was not effective, so she called 911.
Medical staff was able to wake Littlelight. When Littlelight saw the female, he began calling her names and making comments about her weight. One of the firefighters said Littlelight’s behavior was out of hand and stepped between the female and Littlelight to protect her.
Officers placed Littlelight under arrest for assault. Littlelight was yelling and cursing at officers. Littlelight kept trying to turn around and resist arrest. While officers were holding Littlelight, he kicked an officer in the testicles with his knee. The kick is visible on officers’ patrol and body-worn cameras.
Littlelight is currently being charged with felony assault on a peace officer, assault, and disorderly conduct.
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