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:

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alicefae
alicefae

UnIntelligent, little piece of trash, got exactly what he deserved. It’s insane that our police have to let nasty human scum treat them like that! I bet the weasel quit spitting.

CCappy
CCappy

He deserved it

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I also whether Captain Oestmann was telling the truth about getting spit on in the face.

DK9162
DK9162

The Officer has to take anger management classes?? Give me a break! That POS deserved what he got for spitting in that officer’s face. No officer should be subjected to or exposed to the bodily fluids of a piece of garbage like that.

MMcGregor
MMcGregor

SELF-DEFENSE!!! Spit can carry a multitude of germs... and being spit in the face is a way those germs are transmitted!!! The fool deserved it, and anyone who refuses (yes - I said REFUSES) BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING - REFUSING TO SEE THE DANGER HERE!!

Teamk9
Teamk9

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Whose the bitch now?!!

Farva
Farva

The comments on this site are extremely disturbing. They seem to prove what is really wrong with the entire police force in this country. They also reinforced every stereo typical comment I have heard about officers ie they're all criminal cowards, paid Liars, wimps who couldn't fight without their gun and badge, people that were bullied and High School and are getting revenge, etc.
I know some people say that there are good cops, but if there were, they wouldn't stand for the likes of this officer. The same criminal standard should be held for officers that is for civilians. Felonious assault is felonious assault. You could not see any spit going towards the officer on this video but you could see the officer attacking this man, knocking him unconscious, and then twisting his neck which could be construed as attempted murder. yet he gets off with a slap on the wrist. had the roles been reversed, the guy in cuffs would be in prison for a long time, that is if he survived the severe beatings of the rest of the officers present. Perhaps you should all remind each other you are not supposed to be the highest-paid criminal gang members in the country before each shift. You were supposed to be there to help people. to protect and serve.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA At my job (hospital security), we put a spit shield over their face when they start doing that shit. If there’s one thing I learned taking crisis management instructor training, it’s that a large portion of the population will absolutely snap when you spit in their face. That POS is lucky a short nap is all he got.

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

I still don't see what the cop did wrong! The sob would have been worse off had he spit at me and I'm a granma!

Canadian sheepdog
Canadian sheepdog

Police officer did what his father should have done many years ago. The possible this would have never happened. Probably not, he’s just a straight up a—hole who disrespects everything and everybody. I am surprised the officer took to long but kudos to him.

barbwhit88
barbwhit88

isn't getting spit on a form of battery?

LynnSB
LynnSB

What Bull Shit that POS got just what he deserved -- he assaulted the officer who knows what sicknesses he might have -- and now Corporal Oestmann is the one in trouble -- Denver PD your Spineless ~ hanging your officer out to dry

sturnman22
sturnman22

should have uncuffed him and done it right - needed an ass-whipping!

Koalabears4157
Koalabears4157

The guy got what he deserved. The only other thing the cop should have done was spit on him and then beat him unconscious.

KBChicago
KBChicago

Oh come on...he seems like such a nice guy...wait a second- this is racist! This fine young man was minding his own business and - this is racial profiling!

Society needs a swift kick in the ass.

Jackie Primrose
Jackie Primrose

Nice job BLM.

Grog
Grog

I see nothing wrong here.

Daughter
Daughter

I’m so glad the officer knocked him out cold!!!he got what he deserved!!stupid a— punk good job officer!!!

Judicialenforcement1
Judicialenforcement1

The punk deserved that & more for spitting in face. Officer showed great restrain!!

RampageFinal6
RampageFinal6

A well deserved tune up. body cam wouldn't have caught it, though. You spit on me, and you'll be drinking your sustenance through a straw for awhile.

OldVet
OldVet

I think he got what he deserved. Would like to be on any jury in this case.

EllieK47
EllieK47

He asked for, and paid for that!!! What a loser POS!!!