PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS obtained a video Thursday of an incident that ultimately got a Piqua police officer suspended.
The video shows Officer Brett Marrs berating a teenager shortly after he chased her for toilet papering his home. In it he waves a picture in her face and swears at her.
The video is part of what led to his 28 day suspension that started Monday, but his wife Alice says there’s more to the story.
“That picture is a family photo with her in it,” Alice says of the picture Marrs was showing to the suspect.
Alice says the teenage suspect was a family friend and Marrs was angry that she would toilet paper their home along with a group of teens.
“It upset him,” Alice says. “Would it not upset anybody else? I understand higher standards. We live those every single day.”
The incident that happened back in April started with a neighbor’s 911 call. She told police she saw a bunch of kids toilet papering an officer’s house.
Marrs was off-duty but says after being called by a fellow officer and told police were on the way to his home, he went outside.
That’s when he chased the suspects. That teen suspect he yelled at says he tackled her. She ended up with a broken ankle.
But Marrs says he wasn’t wearing shoes and hurt his toe and fell into her.
“He didn’t grab her or tackle her or throw her to the ground,” Alice says. “He didn’t punch her. He didn’t crush her ankle. He stopped her from running.”
But in its report the Piqua Police Department says Marrs “threw her to the ground” and “had no authority nor privilege for these restraints of the citizen.”
It also says he was “disregarding on-duty officers’ direction” when he went back to yell at the suspect.
We asked Alice about the department’s decision to suspend Brett.
“I think we were made out to be some horrible monsters for some innocent kids who were toilet papering,” Alice says.
The teens involved were charged with misdemeanors.
We reached out to the family of the teen suspect who hurt her ankle but have yet to hear back.