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Dubuque police officer's excessive-force suspension upheld

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A City of Dubuque board voted Thursday 2-1 to uphold the suspension of a Dubuque police officer who used excessive force in an incident in September last year.

Officer Ryan Clark was suspended for four days as a result.

He responded to a call from a city bus driver about a woman too drunk to get home on her own.

Korey Monahan, 22, can be heard on surveillance video telling Clark she didn't have a place where she lived.

He asked her to get off the bus, and she responded by threatening to punch him in the face.

Clark asked her if she was going to punch him, and she backed down and said, "No...I don't know."

Clark responded, "Good, cause I will [expletive] destroy you." He then slams her to the steps of the bus, and she screams.

Dubuque Chief of Police Mark Dalsing said the threat she made wasn't enough to justify his use of force.

"You know, you have to take all threats with some degree of legitimacy," he said. "You don't know the individual, you can't always just look at somebody's size or age and make that determination. You always have to be aware and be prepared. But in a situation like this one, it was quite obvious that she was highly intoxicated, which, if she had any skills, they would've been knocked back quite a bit."

He also said that it wasn't just the physical nature of the arrest that made them call this a use of excessive force.

"The size differential between the individual that was arrested and the officer, combined with the additional verbal barrage that came right before it -- just in the big picture, it appeared there were some definite policy violations we had to look at," he said.

KWWL reached out to Korey Monahan as well, but she said she didn't want to comment on the situation.

Clark has already served his four-day suspension.

Dalsing wouldn't comment if he's had any other issues in the past.

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