Wichita police captain found guilty of battery and disorderly conduct


A judge has handed down his verdict on a Wichita police captain who pushed a teenage referee at his son’s basketball game.

Capt. Kevin Mears was found guilty Tuesday of battery and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to six months of probation and must pay $450 in fines.

The incident happened back on January 13 at a youth basketball game in Augusta. The video of the confrontation was shared thousands of times on Facebook.

In June, a judge heard hours of testimony from the referee, her partner referee, the scorekeeper, a little league board member, and the Augusta police sergeant who responded to the call.

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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