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Police investigation into Wichita 'saggy pants' incident provides detail

DERBY - An investigation by Derby police says officers were justified and reasonable in actions against a student during a disturbance at the high school this past April.

The student's decision to talk to news reporters about the April 27 incident prompted Chief Robert Lee to order an internal investigation. The findings were released today.

Jonathan Villarreal, 17, said he was walking to the bus with some friends after school, when school resource officers confronted him about his "sagging" pants, pulled him to the ground, used a Taser on him and broke his arm. Villarreal denied he was resisting the officers.

Lee said in a statement today that Villarreal had been yelling racial slurs at a group of students. , 17, said he was walking to the bus with some friends after school, when school resource officers confronted him about his "sagging" pants, pulled him to the ground, used a Taser on him and broke his arm. Villarreal denied he was resisting the officers.

Lee said in a statement today that Villarreal had been yelling racial slurs at a group of students.

The internal investigation showed "the student’s multiple uses of 'the n-word' voiced loudly toward a racially diverse gathering of nearby students and, according to one witness, directed at the students, and his physical attempts to obstruct the SROs in performance of their duties escalated the situation to a law enforcement matter," the report said.

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