VIDEO: Handcuffed Suspect Spits In Cop's Face, Then Cop Knocks Him Out

Denver Police Cpl. Michael Oestmann is still facing an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

Denver, CO – A Denver cop was charged with third-degree assault after he knocked a handcuffed man unconscious for spitting in his face (video below).

Denver Police Corporal Michael Oestmann was working off-duty at Jackson’s Hole Bar on 20th Street in downtown Denver on April 14 when the incident occurred, according to KCNC.

Cpl. Oestmann had detained Kevin Watson for his involvement in a bar fight.

The officer put Watson in handcuffs and sat him down in a chair in the back room at the bar, KCNC reported.

Bodycam video showed that the man sat and spewed insults and obscenities at Cpl. Oestmann for at least five minutes before the altercation happened.

The video began with Watson spitting on the floor.

“I don’t care if you spit on that floor,” the corporal told him in the video.

Watson began insulting Cpl. Oestmann, repeatedly calling him a b---h who didn’t make any money, and making remarks about the officer’s girlfriend.

“You can’t afford s--t. You’ll never make s--t, forever!” Watson sneered at the officer.

Cpl. Oestmann refrained from responding to the man for several minutes as Watson alternately spit on the floor and muttered insults at him.

Watson challenged the officer to remove his handcuffs for a fight, but the Cpl. Oestmann did not allow himself to be goaded.

“Are you scared? Are you scared?” Watson asked in the video.

“Do I look scared?” Cpl. Oestmann replied.

The video showed Watson continued picking at the officer, trying to get a reaction.

“You’re not worth my time,” Cpl. Oestmann told him.

The corporal maintained his cool for almost five minutes, until Watson leaned back and spit a wad of saliva that hit Cpl. Oestmann in the face.

Cpt. Oestmann closed the space between himself and the suspect in a split second.

He kneed Watson in the chest and punched him in the face, according to KCNC.

The exchange left Watson unconscious.

“You will not spit on me again!” the furious officer yelled. “Do you understand me?”

“We need a use-of force and a supervisor here,” Cpl. Oestmann radioed the dispatcher in the video.

"What was that about being a bitch? Who's unconscious now?" the corporal asked the limp man.

Then he told other officers nearby that the suspect had spit in his face.

Watson nodded in and out of consciousness after the assault, according to the Denver Post.

“I may have gotten a little violent there,” Cpl. Oestmann told Watson after the attack.

The Denver Post reported that other footage from the corporal’s bodycam showed him telling somebody else at the scene that he had “just kind of lost it” when Watson spit in his face.

Cpt. Oestmann was charged with third-degree assault in the incident, KCNC reported.

He reached a plea deal with the Denver District Attorney’s Office for deferred judgement that will result in no jail time.

According to KDVR, the corporal must complete a year of probation and anger management classes, and then his record will be cleared.

But the resolution of the criminal case doesn’t mean that Cpl. Oestmann is out of the woods yet professionally. He still has to face discipline for whatever department policies he may have violated.

“The Denver Police Department takes use-of-force incidents seriously and has a robust internal investigation process, which includes oversight by the Denver Office of the Independent Monitor, and an established disciplinary process when issues rise to that level,” the Denver PD said in a statement. “With the judicial proceedings concluded in Corporal Oestmann’s case, we will work to complete our internal investigation into the incident. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time, as the investigation is still ongoing.

KDVR reported that the corporal had been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Watch the video of the incident below. The knock-out occurs around the 5 minute mark:

Comments (110)
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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

It’s unfortunate that the Cpl. will most likely get some discipline if not criminal charges, but damn that was funny.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

In Ohio, spitting is a felony under the Aggravated Assault code. You've gotta ask, "When are the powers that be going to start protecting their officers? I'm sure he would be facing the same charges if he had maxed this POS, simply because he was cuffed when he assaulted the officer. I miss the good old days when we could actually defend ourselves. Great takedown though! 😆

Manlove
Manlove

Had to watch it a few more times just hear him wake up and say........."Oh no........" just foreard it up to 4:45 so you don't miss it. :)

LASKANWLF
LASKANWLF

Wellp...that POS had THAT coming!! I stand behind the officer!

Hartshorn
Hartshorn

HE'LL SUE AND THE OFFICE WILL LOOSE HIS JOB. I WISH I WAS ON THE JURY. THAT OFFICE ACTED LIKE I HAVE SEVERAL TIMES. HE JUST REACTED.

csiken
csiken

Exactly why I could not be in L.E. The officer lasted much longer than I would have.

yes2A
yes2A

The perp is lucky. I'd have turned the camera off and crushed his nuts with one of those CO2 canisters. Oopsie!

PADDYWAGON
PADDYWAGON

.......Hope and suspect this "love tap" was just a mild precursor to what's to follow.

LEO0301
LEO0301

There is nothing that will set me off more than being spit on. The officer should receive a commendation for knocking that POS out.

Tammom56
Tammom56

He was asking for it! "The pussy".

Darcrockian
Darcrockian

Looks justified. Assault with bodily fluids.

Marmeladov
Marmeladov

If he has a communicable desease - Assault 2. Looks more than justified.

stopthebs
stopthebs

who's the BITCH now! BITCH! Nothin but shit on the bottom om my shoe....

Peedee1
Peedee1

Lucky that is all he got. Punk POS

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

That spitting fool will sue and the officer will get fired. No justice. But the cop should pay him a little visit if he gets fired.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

In the old days we would have tuned this guy up with blackjacks and then taken him to the hospital to get stitched up. And the next time he met an officer he would have been respectful.

Buffrat
Buffrat

In my jurisdiction spitting in someone's face was an Assault and Battery. And those victims who responded physically were not prosecuted. I don't know who I think is the bigger a**hole. The guy who spit or the prosecutor who charged the cop.

Interested bystander
Interested bystander

The officer was acquitted as a civilian in our court system here in Oklahoma would have done. I applaud the Denver police for an IA investigation.
We send our officers out on the streets and ask that work with people who are unpleasant and rude. They go into homes to diffuse domestic violence cases sometimes being turned on by the victims. They are to walk into harms way while trying to keep all parties from being stabbed shot or blown to bits. We seem to still hold them to standard. They represent our laws with its protection for all. The have to be policemen lawyers or psychologists, even medics. I applaud and respect all officers who do their jobs above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Oestmann I hope your department will be fair and honest with you. I am sorry you lost that calm we demand of you. God Bless.

JJ7840
JJ7840

His mama should have taught him to be respecful then the officer wouldn't have had to.

Resa
Resa

I KNOW how that officer feels. I was spit in the face by a female violator and yes it will make you lose all senses for a moment!! I learned ten minutes after this that she had been just tested for AIDS in another state. That really added fuel to the flame!! Stay Strong,Sir!!

Duder1897
Duder1897

Execute him.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

One of the attributes a cop must have is the ability to control his temper, even in the face of extreme provocation such as this. Everyone who has worn a badge has had to put up with something like this at one time or another. I sure did more than just a few times. You have to ask yourself if punching some jerk out is worth the consequences of possible criminal charges and/or losing your job. It's not worth it.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Drop the charges against the officer. Someone spits on me and it would be like a grizzly on a coyote. The punk got what he deserved.

Trefflek
Trefflek

If he looses his job maybe he can spit in the prosecutors face and his bosses face and see how they respond. I personally feel spitting is assault on someone and deserves a beat down.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Put a mask on these assholes when they are arrested and their nasty spit can smear all over their own ugly faces. I salute every officer who can ever keep their cool

gfc1963
gfc1963

Punk got what he deserved. Hope the cop doe not lose his job over this piece of shit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If the officer was worried about commicable diseases, then he should not be punching the arrestee in the face / head. If the officer punched the arrestee in the face / head then he is not worried about communicable diseases. There is a problem here. Officer should probably be fired and criminally charged.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Denver is now a real sh__thole. This POS is just a glimpse of the problem. Drop charges against the officer. I applaud him for what he did. If Denver is to survive, we need some real LEO and not a bunch of school boys.

macgolf
macgolf

... send me the cops legal bill...! Well done.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Instant asshole...just add alcohol. This prick millenial got exactly what he deserved.

tbabe1013
tbabe1013

Good for the cop. That POS a$$hole won't be spitting on any more cops any time soon.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Who's the bitch ass now you POS punk? I watched that twice!! Apparently since you have no respect for yourself or authority, this officer gave you some!! LOL Loved it!! Hopefully you learned you don't spit on people, but I doubt it.

den6
den6

This cop showed massive control! I couldn't have done it. He should have no charges, or any type of back lash from his superiors. The young punk deserved what he got. Time these pink ads kids show some respect!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This is an awesome one. Act like a man, you’ll be treated accordingly. Act like an asshole, then you will be dealt with accordingly. People think they can say whatever they want because we are “police”, they know we have rules. They would think twice or 3 times to say the same thing to Joe Schmo, because they don’t know who they are, what they’re packing, and know there are no rules to be played by on the street. Good for this idiot.

JMK2244
JMK2244

I think the cop showed immeasurable restraint and after being pushed one step too far, he reacted. In my opinion, the cop should not be prosecuted for being a human being, whereas, that POS SHOULD be prosecuted.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If Colorado passes a law preventing violent misdemeanants from possessing firearms then this officer will have a problem.

Texaspatriot1
Texaspatriot1

Go here and file a complaint on the City of Denver for messing with this officer in the first place and then you can file a commendation for the officer for not shooting Watson! LOL! They state they assign a case# to EVERY complaint, put it on 'em! denvergov.org/Police

Digger15108
Digger15108

The real bitch got what he deserved. The Officer actually showed exceptional restraint. How much of that verbal abuse and then get spitting spit in his face should any human put up with? He lasted 5 minutes plus whatever this punk did prior to being cuffed and seated. I wouldn’t have made it that long. After about 2 minutes, I would have gotten in his face and told him, one more word like that comes out of your mouth, I’ll knock you the f*** out. Nice job, Officer.

militans Deo
militans Deo

Officer showed great restraint. Suspect assaulted the officer with bodily fluids. Officer stopped the attack from continuing. Suspect is alive and fine. This was a justified use of force. No serious injury to the poor suspect. Police are human beings and can only take so much, LEOs take far more harassment than anyone else would ever put up with before acting. This was a criminal attack on the officer, potentially a serious one because you do not know what contagious diseases with which the suspect may have infected the officer.

artw44
artw44

This officer would want me on his jury. The jerk got what he was asking for.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Should have drove him to the nearest river with a bridge and threw him over! Made me sick to my stomach just listening to the tough little jerk! LE officer showed extreme patients!

Cidcsp
Cidcsp

Most people learn at a very early age that unpleasant things happen to them when they spit on people. Best wishes to the officer.

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Got what he deserved.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

You people would make the Nazi's blush with shame. It's ok to beat a restrained man unconscious? Are you fucking kidding me? Said it before, sociopathic behaviors and tendencies. Worked plenty of clubs, had all kinds of crap thrown on me, many fights, I have never struck a restrained man, it is the act of a goon, a thug, and a coward. He should be gone, but he won't. Can't wait for the next person he "loses it" on. Lol. Probably at $30 bucks an hour - what a hard day for the poor Corporal! Way to go Denver!

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

A "regular" person pulls this crap and gets agg. assault in most states. People here cheer it. Pathetic.

Danup
Danup

Fully support the officer back in the day the dirt bag would have got a sap across the face

Wish505
Wish505

I see nothing wrong felony assault on a officer deserves immediate slap down.

Wish505
Wish505

Got exactly what he deserved.

mulepacker
mulepacker

If the guy is HIV or Hep-c the Officer will have a year of blood tests, no relations with his wife and will have to act as if he has HIV with his kids and all medical appts. Been there and done that makes for a stressful year for Officer and family. The bad thing is the medical people cannot tell if they have HIV or Hep-c so you have to go thru with a year of blood test that show clean anyways.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wait a second.... this officer punches a HANDCUFFED person. Did he deserve it? probably, but that doesn't justify the officer in knocking him out.

This wasn't self defense, this was "I'm angry that you spit on me so I'm going to take my anger out on you." He deserves to be criminally charged for his actions, just like anyone else who does that to a HANDCUFFED person.

C'mon guys, I back the blue, and give the benefit of the doubt to almost any officer, but there is right and wrong, and this officer was clearly in the wrong here.