Officer with the Paintball Gun was Officer Kraeger

A student sends us photographic evidence that the officer with the paintball gun was Officer Kraeger. His badge number appears to be either 4660 or 4880; it’s a little hard to tell from the picture, which is otherwise very clear.


Update 2:51: the same student sends in some more photos. He says:

Here’s another of Officer Kraeger, it happens to be the exact moment he yells “Take them down!” to several students before firing upon them.

The others are of Officer Clark with the K9, and the dude who bitten by it.

See the comments for further discussion on past issues involving Wesleyan students and Officer Clark.


24 thoughts on “Officer with the Paintball Gun was Officer Kraeger

  1. Anonymous

    All I have to say is that Middletown Police and the surrounding agencies that responded to Wesleyan did the right thing. Wesleyan students brought it upon themselves when they started to throw bottles and many different items at the police officers. It was like 300 stundents vs. like 30 officers. The bottom line is that an officer is going to clock out and go home to his/her family. You people have no respect for the MPD Officers. And I am disgusted how this blog is deforming their character. All in know is that you/people hate the police only until you are on the other line asking for their help. I think everyone on this blog needs to mature and stop with the high school drama.

  2. Anonymous

    All I have to say is that Middletown Police and the surrounding agencies that responded to Wesleyan did the right thing. Wesleyan students brought it upon themselves when they started to throw bottles and many different items at the police officers. It was like 300 stundents vs. like 30 officers. The bottom line is that an officer is going to clock out and go home to his/her family. You people have no respect for the MPD Officers. And I am disgusted how this blog is deforming their character. All in know is that you/people hate the police only until you are on the other line asking for their help. I think everyone on this blog needs to mature and stop with the high school drama.

  3. Sheek

    holy shit! I came home last night and had no idea anything this crazy went down. and wow, completely unsurprised by Clark’s involvement in this thing. great job covering this guys.

  4. Sheek

    holy shit! I came home last night and had no idea anything this crazy went down. and wow, completely unsurprised by Clark’s involvement in this thing.

    great job covering this guys.

  5. Mad Joy

    Anon 2:19: That’s exactly what I mean. But the truth is that Wesleyan students’ voices *are* heard, because of the privilege that we all have. I’m saying we should use that privilege, instead of just fighting to make things better just for Wesleyan students.

  6. Mad Joy

    Anon 2:19: That’s exactly what I mean. But the truth is that Wesleyan students’ voices *are* heard, because of the privilege that we all have. I’m saying we should use that privilege, instead of just fighting to make things better just for Wesleyan students.

  7. Mad Joy

    You are probably thinking of Officer Clark, who is allegedly responsible for the K9 unit last night.He also was involved in the Jose Chapa incident last year. And in the Sour Patch incident (reported in Wesleying – http://wesleying.blogspot.com/2008/04/middletown-cop-explodes-over-sour-gummy.html – and in the Argus -http://wesleyanargus.com/article/6217) Another student also wrote a Wespeak about being harassed by Officer Clark (http://wesleyanargus.com/article/6309)This led to Officer Clark himself writing a Wespeak to “set the record straight:” http://wesleyanargus.com/article/6279I remain skeptical.

  8. Mad Joy

    You are probably thinking of Officer Clark, who is allegedly responsible for the K9 unit last night.

    He also was involved in the Jose Chapa incident last year. And in the Sour Patch incident (reported in Wesleying – http://wesleying.blogspot.com/2008/04/middletown-cop-explodes-over-sour-gummy.html – and in the Argus -http://wesleyanargus.com/article/6217) Another student also wrote a Wespeak about being harassed by Officer Clark (http://wesleyanargus.com/article/6309)

    This led to Officer Clark himself writing a Wespeak to “set the record straight:” http://wesleyanargus.com/article/6279

    I remain skeptical.

  9. Anonymous

    middletown community members deserve just as much respect madjoy. just cause wes kids are wealthy doesn’t mean their voices should be heard

  10. Anonymous

    middletown community members deserve just as much respect madjoy. just cause wes kids are wealthy doesn’t mean their voices should be heard

  11. Anonymous

    could you remind me of what the deal with this guy is? is he someone that people have had complaints about before? i vaguely remember a wesleying post about this…

  12. Mad Joy

    From what I can tell, with only second- and third-hand information:- Many Wesleyan students were pretty drunk (though this is far from surprising on the night after the last day of finals)- Some Wesleyan students did some pretty stupid and disrespectful things, like throwing bottles at PSAFE and/or police cars.- PSAFE is generally very cool and is genuinely looking out for Wesleyan students- It is unclear why it was necessary to break up the party in the first place. It sounds like it was a typical Fountain party with no real problems until the PSAFE came. Were there any noise complaints? Hopefully this will become clear.- It is unclear why the police chose the tactics they did if their goal was “crowd dispersal” – it sounds more like they were looking for a fight. From what I heard, they just were shooting the pepper spray guns wildly into the crowd. Surely this is likely to create panic and fear, but not… dispersal. If anything, I heard about the instance and was tempted to go there myself to find out what was going on.- It is unclear why such hostile measures were used. Tasers can kill people, and pepper spraying hundreds of people, most of whom were pretty much innocent party-goers? And attack dogs? Really? Why? And further, there are reports of a student being kicked and beaten on the ground by police officers. I don’t know the details, but this seems likely to be remarkably inappropriate.- It is *very* unclear why police officers were refusing to give their name and badge numbers. This is very inappropriate and, I believe, illegal.- Wesleyan students, being students at a prestigious liberal arts college, have the privilege to be able to protest what seems like police brutality. Most people in this situation don’t. Wesleyan students should use this to bring to light larger issues of police brutality – instead of just telling Midd Police to “get off campus.” We are Middletown community members. The problem is not with Wesleyan and the police; it’s with Middletown community members and the police.

  13. Anonymous

    could you remind me of what the deal with this guy is? is he someone that people have had complaints about before? i vaguely remember a wesleying post about this…

  14. Mad Joy

    From what I can tell, with only second- and third-hand information:

    – Many Wesleyan students were pretty drunk (though this is far from surprising on the night after the last day of finals)
    – Some Wesleyan students did some pretty stupid and disrespectful things, like throwing bottles at PSAFE and/or police cars.
    – PSAFE is generally very cool and is genuinely looking out for Wesleyan students
    – It is unclear why it was necessary to break up the party in the first place. It sounds like it was a typical Fountain party with no real problems until the PSAFE came. Were there any noise complaints? Hopefully this will become clear.
    – It is unclear why the police chose the tactics they did if their goal was “crowd dispersal” – it sounds more like they were looking for a fight. From what I heard, they just were shooting the pepper spray guns wildly into the crowd. Surely this is likely to create panic and fear, but not… dispersal. If anything, I heard about the instance and was tempted to go there myself to find out what was going on.
    – It is unclear why such hostile measures were used. Tasers can kill people, and pepper spraying hundreds of people, most of whom were pretty much innocent party-goers? And attack dogs? Really? Why? And further, there are reports of a student being kicked and beaten on the ground by police officers. I don’t know the details, but this seems likely to be remarkably inappropriate.
    – It is *very* unclear why police officers were refusing to give their name and badge numbers. This is very inappropriate and, I believe, illegal.
    – Wesleyan students, being students at a prestigious liberal arts college, have the privilege to be able to protest what seems like police brutality. Most people in this situation don’t. Wesleyan students should use this to bring to light larger issues of police brutality – instead of just telling Midd Police to “get off campus.” We are Middletown community members. The problem is not with Wesleyan and the police; it’s with Middletown community members and the police.

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