Disturbing details emerge in arrest of West Fargo Police OfficerFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A West Fargo Police Officer is out on bail after an alleged physical altercation with his girlfriend. But details of what is reported to have happened that night spin a disturbing story.
A West Fargo Police Officer is out on bail after an alleged physical altercation with his girlfriend. But details of what is reported to have happened that night spin a disturbing story.
The Fargo police report weaves a tale of alcohol, fighting, disagreements, and eventually, mutual violence. But perhaps most shocking is the alleged racist attitudes of a sworn West Fargo Police Officer.
The Fargo Police Report sites Shiela Windt as saying boyfriend Allen Schmidt was drinking excessively at the Hub and became very angry after she was talking to a black male.
Also in the police report Windt says quote, "Schmidt is a racist and hates black people," and that on multiple occasions he referred to black people by the N-word and yelled at her for talking to N-words. West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen called the allegations shocking.
Arland Rasmussen – West Fargo Chief of Police: “I have never seen that type of comments made by Officer Schmidt, I understand they are in the police report which is part of the internal affairs investigation.”
The report says she yanked his fake lip ring out, causing him to bleed from the mouth after he initially refused to hand over his keys. Reports also say Windt says she bit Schmidt in the chest after he yanked onto her hair. They left the bar together. They two were later found by police officers walking down the street near 32nd Avenue South and 32nd street.
Police observed blood up and down Windt's body, which she says happened when Schmidt struck her in the face. Fargo police suggested a simple assault domestic violence charge, the State's Attorney decided to charge both with one count of disorderly conduct.
Mark Boening – Assistant State’s Attorney, Cass County: “I can’t go into really precisely all the details without discussing the facts of the case which I can't do at this point, but what I did in this case is not different than what I've done in many cases.”
Boening says the fact Schmidt is a police officer had nothing to do with the charges being changed. Attempts to contact Allen Schmidt's listed in the phone book went unreturned.
Both defendants face a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, but Boening says the prosecution will likely be asking for about $400 in fees, a domestic violence assessment and an order prohibiting contact.