Wichita police captain charged with shoving youth referee


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita police captain accused of pushing a teenage referee over the weekend has now been charged.

The incident happened during a youth basketball game in Augusta last weekend. According to Augusta City Prosecutor Benjamin D. Winters, Kevin Mears has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct. The charges were determined after reviewing video and hearing from witnesses.

“I would stress that at this point these charges are merely allegations, and Mr. Mears is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” said Winters in a statement.

Capt. Mears has been placed on non-paid administrative leave from the Wichita Police Department.

According to policy, the Wichita Police Department will review the incident to determine if department polices were violated after the completion of the criminal proceedings.

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