Police Investigating Use of Force on UM Players

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – The Missoula Police Department says it is investigating the use of stun guns in the recent arrests of two University of Montana football players at a weekend party.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson and quarterback Gerald Kemp were arrested early on Oct. 23. An officer said Kemp pushed him in the chest and Johnson tried to intervene after Kemp was hit with the stun gun.

The players pleaded not guilty to obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir tells KECI-TV that he is reviewing allegations that the officers acted inappropriately.

He said the players’ attorney provided them with three cellphone video clips, but none of them show the actual application of the stun gun.

No official complaint has been filed against the officers.

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