Officer involved in altercation with ND football player removed from street patrol

Published: Sep. 10, 2016 at 8:55 AM EDT
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The officer involved in an alleged physical altercation with Notre Dame football player Devin Butler is no longer on street patrol.

The South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski says Aaron Knepper is the focus of an internal investigation.

Back in August, police arrested Devin Butler outside of the Linebacker Lounger near Notre Dame's campus.

Butler is accused of getting physical with Knepper, allegedly punching him several times before he was tasered.

Knepper has a history of complaints for excessive force on the job. In 2014, local community leaders called for his resignation.

South Bend police were called to the Linebacker early on the morning of August 21 for reports of a fight between patrons and security. After police broke up the fight,, they went outside and found a group of women fighting near the curb. When this happened, Devin Butler reportedly became very angry towards one of the women in the group.

According to court documents, Butler shoved the woman several feet. Police on the scene reportedly told him to stay back, but then feared escalating violence.

Butler reportedly cursed at the officers and tackled one of them to the ground, hitting him several times. Officers eventually detained Butler using a taser, and arrested him.

"Devin Butler did knowingly forcibly resist, obstruct or interfere with Aaron Knepper, a law enforcement officer, while said officer was lawfully engaged in his duties as a law enforcement officer and in committing said act the defendant inflicted bodily injury on or otherwise caused bodily injury to Aaron Knepper," Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Cotter said in a press release at the time.

Butler reportedly apologized while being transported to jail, saying he'd been incredibly emotional and intoxicated.

Butler, originally from Washington D.C. is a senior at Notre Dame and plays cornerback for the Fighting Irish.

Butler was expected to compete for a starting job at cornerback for 2016 but in June, he re-fractured the same foot he had repaired back in January when he was injured before the Fiesta Bowl. Butler had surgery again in mid-June and was expected to be out out 14-16 weeks, marking the middle of October as the earliest for a potential return.