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Published May 17, 2011, 02:07 PM

Wahpeton Police Officer Suspended for 5 Days for Unlawful Arrest

Open article for video of teen's arrest
A Wahpeton police officer is suspended for five days without pay for arresting a juvenile without probable cause.

By: Associated Press,

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — A Wahpeton police officer is suspended for five days without pay for arresting a juvenile without probable cause.

The Forum newspaper reports that Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson says Officer Dustin Hill also must complete 40 hours of remedial law enforcement training. A telephone listing for Hill couldn't immediately be found.

Hill arrested 17-year-old Robert Wanek of Breckenridge, Minn., on May 6 for allegedly interfering with a police investigation. Wanek recorded the arrest and posted the video on YouTube, garnering 150,000 hits.

Thorsteinson says the arrest "was made in good faith and without malice" but there was "insufficient" probable cause. He says Wanek was released after being detained for about half an hour.

Hill's five-day suspension took effect Friday. Thorsteinson says all Wahpeton officers will get training on arrest rules.

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