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Update: One Man in Custody Following Dispute at Central High School

St.Joseph Police have taken a man into custody following a dispute at Central High School Monday night.

Posted: Apr. 17, 2018 11:18 PM
Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 10:46 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph Police have taken a man into custody following a dispute at Central High School Monday night.

Zachary Smith, 31, has been charged with resisting arrest. 

Authorities said Smith was taken into police custody under the use of force for noncompliance. However, Smith’s Mother said he is a diagnosed schizophrenic that wasn’t given proper treatment in the situation.

According to police, officers reported to the school shortly after 6:30 p.m. to investigate a suspicious person in the area. The officer said he believed the man to be under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the arrest.

Smith’s mother, Rhonda Evans, said her son was having a manic episode, and was not under the influence.

After running the man’s information, police said they determined the suspect had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The situation escalated when officers implemented the use of pepper spray. Police said the man later became agitated and made an aggressive move toward the officer.

According to Sergeant Jason Person of the St. Joseph Police Department, the suspect resisted the police and was met with force.

“Officers made contact with him and discovered some warrants for his arrest and he resisted and would not comply with the officers. The officers had to use some force to gain control of him and get him under arrest,” Person said.

A video was also posted on Facebook by a witness, Bryan Briscoe, that showed St. Joseph officers using force to subdue Smith.

“I saw a cop and a gentleman arguing and then I saw the cop Mace and so that triggered me,that lead me to start recording, just to go up there to film it. I never thought it would be this big, I just thought it would be a little small local video to post on Facebook, that’s it, it would brush over, but it blew up,” Briscoe said

The video has been viewed nearly 127,000 times and ha nearly 2,000 shares.

Police said the use of force is under review, which is standard practice. The family said they will be seeking legal representation.

Smith is currently being held on a $10,000 bond for resisting arrest. The incident is still under investigation with the St. Joseph Police Department.

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