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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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.

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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!!