Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 12, 2012

Police accuse man of 'inciting riot' (with video)

TRAVERSE CITY — Police arrested two men on Union Street during a disturbance near the National Cherry Festival.

The incident occurred Wednesday shortly after 7 p.m. on the north Union Street bridge over the Boardman River. A man, 21, was attempting to sell compact discs and officers said a woman told them he used foul language when speaking to her.

Officers told the man to avoid using such language, they said. Police contend he told them to leave and that he attempted to get a large crowd that gathered to watch the incident “riled up.” Officers then arrested the man, and used a Taser on the suspect because they said he resisted.

As officers took the man to a police vehicle, his brother, 22, approached.  Police said he swung at them with a closed fist, so they tackled him to the ground. Both men were arrested.

The first brother, identified by family members as Kyle Krawczyk, is expected to be charged with inciting a riot, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The second brother, identified by family members as Derek Krawczyk, is expected to face charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Krawcyzk family members dispute some details of the police account and allege officers handled the incident poorly.

Friday’s Record-Eagle will provide more details, including comments from Krawcyzk’s family.

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