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Green Bay police say their internal affairs department is conducting a review after a video on social media showed an officer grabbing Packers running back AJ Dillon during a football game Saturday night in Green Bay. LambeauField.
Video posted on social media showed Dillon in the end zone waving to fans in the stands during the exhibition match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City FC. Dillon appeared to be about to leap Lambeau through the crowd when video showed an officer grabbing him by the back of the neck and giving him a shove.
After the fans booed and Dillon appeared to offer an explanation, the official stepped back and allowed Dillon to jump into the stands. As the video began to gain attention on social media, Dillon tweeted his account of what happened.
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“It is clear that there was a miscommunication between the officer and Mr. Dillon,” Green Bay Police Chief Chris Davis said in a statement Monday. “The Green Bay Police Department appreciates Mr. Dillon’s perspective and supportive words. The Green Bay Police Department’s Internal Affairs/Professional Standards Division has initiated a review of this incident.”
Davis’s statement did not identify the officer shown in the video.
Dillon said on social media that a couple of security officers helped him down the field during a rain delay at Saturday’s football game so he could do a Lambeau jump to get the crowd excited.
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“I guess (the officer) got lost when they told me to get down,” Dillon said.
In a subsequent tweet, Dillon described the incident as “simple miscommunication between the parties.”
“The @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them in our games to keep us safe,” said Dillon. “Standing out there in the pouring rain with all those people, it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”
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When asked about the incident Monday after the Packers’ annual stockholders’ meeting, team chairman/CEO Mark Murphy called it “obviously a very unfortunate situation that occurred.”