Evergreen officer's job on the line in alleged tasing incident

Jail video shows Officer Sean Klatesch, his wife Melissa (L), and corrections officer Mary Brown (R).
Jail video shows Officer Sean Klatesch, his wife Melissa (L), and corrections officer Mary Brown (R).

EVERGREEN, AL (WSFA) - An Evergreen police officer at the center of an alleged tasing incident could learn his fate Tuesday evening at the city council meeting.

A protest is being held at City Hall at this hour after citizens gathered signatures all day on a petition. Now they're outside with signs in hand and their voices loudly chanting "Fire Klatesch!"

Sean Klatesch is the officer who was supervising the night of the alleged tasing incident.

Video recorded inside the Conecuh County Jail on August 19th shows Officer Sean Klatesch, his wife Melissa Klatesch and corrections officer Mary Brown inside the jail smiling, gesturing and laughing. Melissa Klatesch is trained in tasing.

Family members of Crystal Skinner Coleman say the video followed a tasing incident and say the woman shown in the video wearing an orange t-shirt is Officer Mary Brown, seen grabbing the prisoner by the arm and pulling her out of bed.

In a statement Coleman said Brown choked and restrained her in a chair for more than two hours while Melissa Klatesch tased her. The events all occurred, according to Coleman under the Officer Klatesch's supervision.

The sheriff told the family cameras did not capture the actual tasing. Coleman's sister, LaDon Smith, says justice must be served.

No one from the City of Evergreen or the County would speak on camera. However, the city attorney's office said there are, "numerous complaints of unprofessional and harassing conduct by Officer Klaetsch". He's been on administrative leave since September 8.

Evergreen Mayor Pete Wolff III has recommended the officer's termination.

Officer Brown was placed on a three day suspension without pay. She has since resigned.

As for Coleman, she's in Florida with relatives, but will be in court in October for the domestic violence charge she was being held for when she was allegedly assaulted.

Copyright 2011 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.