Police Chief under scrutiny for promo video with local MMA fighter

source: kcci.com

A YouTube video featuring the Madrid police chief is raising questions about whether it went too far.

Chief Rick Tasler is also a mixed martial arts fighter and appears in a video shot by another MMA fighter to promote an upcoming fight.

The video shows Tasler spending time on the job with MMA fighter Joe Brammer. Most of it was shot in Tasler's patrol car as the men discuss fights and work.

"Of course there's girls out there, the badge bunnies is what we call them in the police officers," Tasler said on the video.

After riding in the squad car, Tasler shows Brammer how to shoot a firearm.

"This is how they shoot in the hood," Brammer said on the video.

"I was concerned. It looks like it was out in the open," said retired Iowa State Patrol Captain Marlo Fieck. "This time of year, there could be deer hunters or almost anybody out there."

Fieck teaches the required gun safety class for getting a permit. He said he was also concerned about another video clip that shows Tasler demonstrating using mixed martial arts in his job.

"Once again, I'm going straight to my firearm," Tasler said.

"I'm not comfortable with people pointing a firearm at someone, even if we know it's empty," said Fieck. "It's a bad habit to get into."

"This would not be how we train officers," said Iowa Law Enforcement Academy director Penny Westfall. "The concern sent to the academy was that it was careless use of the weapons."

She said the organization has received complaints about the video and is looking into them.

"We instruct (officers) to assume you're always being videotaped," she said. "Recognize the badge is a symbol of trust and don't do anything you don't want to be seen on the front page of the paper or on TV."

Chief Tasler refused an on-camera interview, but over the phone he told NewsChannel8 he did nothing wrong. He said the weapons in the video didn't belong to the city.

The mayor of Madrid sent a response by e-mail after being contacted by NewsChannel8. "Thank you for bringing this video to my attention. Since I have not had an opportunity to discuss this video with the individuals involved, I have no comment at this time.

The video in question has also been removed from YouTube as of Thursday night.

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Knux site profile image  

1/19/10 2:23 AM by Knux

pretty neat to see a cop do a flying armbar! 

magic pony site profile image  

1/19/10 1:51 AM by magic pony

Hi Ronnie!

warfrog site profile image  

1/16/10 1:31 PM by warfrog

nope. lol. he is gonna be chief.

LeeVanTeeth site profile image  

1/16/10 4:16 AM by LeeVanTeeth

 Goodbye to his chiefhood

TheFightingCock site profile image  

1/16/10 4:13 AM by TheFightingCock

Dude, his Sherdog record is 5-0... not too padded of a record for a police chief fighting in local shows. With all the dickhead fuck cops out there, some of you guys are actually complaining about a seemingly cool younger cop? I support Rick Tasler, and would be honored to have him serve as chief of police of Las Vegas Metro.

freshcrabs site profile image  

1/16/10 3:40 AM by freshcrabs

the guy has a sick flying armbar at least. thats all that really matters..

Bonedog site profile image  

1/16/10 3:24 AM by Bonedog

I generally don't have a very high opinion of a lot of police, but I didn't see anything to get worked up about in the video. If he was on duty while they were making the vid, then that might be a problem. He made some comments that weren't very professional, but nothing I would consider offensive.What irks me is that this crap makes news, and the state police and local politicians are making a fuss about him being unprofessional. If it had been a video of him brutally beating an unarmed suspect while shouting profanities at him, I guarantee the same people would be defending him and claim he was following procedure and the suspect was resisting arrest. (It seems like by police logic if someone is moving and trying to cover up while being hit with a billy-club, that's resisting.)This news story = fail. He seems like a pretty decent guy and cop, while perhaps a bit of a douche.

WuDaddy site profile image  

1/16/10 2:48 AM by WuDaddy

Rick Tasler is a record padding bitch and a con artist promoter..

warfrog site profile image  

1/16/10 1:26 AM by warfrog

thanx putz.

cthlcschlgrl site profile image  

1/16/10 1:10 AM by cthlcschlgrl

 pfffft.....like you know what you're talking about old man!