Houston, TX — Over the years there have been some utterly disturbing images from parents and coaches during youth sporting events. The folks who are supposed to be role models for children end up losing their cool and screaming, fighting with other parents, and even assaulting children. One would think that a police sergeant, who is also a coach — whose job is to arrest people for assault — would attempt to prevent such actions. However, as the following video illustrates, one would be wrong.
A sergeant with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office has been stripped of his coaching position after he was captured on video assaulting children on the winning team. As the two teams lined up to shake hands after the game Sgt. Kenneth Wendt is seen on video attempting to hurt multiple players on the team who just beat them by shoving them and attempting to break their fingers.
“His actions were unacceptable and do not align with our organization’s values. We removed him from coaching and from our club about 8:30 a.m. Sunday,” the league said in a statement.
“Nothing in the world gives you the right to do that to kids,” the winning 9U baseball team’s coach Victor Torres said.
Torres said you’d expect it from the kids, but not the coach.
“They come in and they slap you hard on the hand. And you’ll be like, ‘hey, don’t do that.’ But an adult, you wouldn’t expect it,” Torres said. “I was upset. I was really upset.”
“How is that even possible,” Torres said. “You hold them to a higher standard. And then you come out here and do that to kids, to 9-year-old kids.”
“Just like I tell my kids” ‘We don’t lose, we learn,’” Torres said. “You don’t do that to 9-year-olds. You don’t put your hands on 9-year-olds. Especially not someone else’s child.”
After other parents watched the video, they reached the same conclusion.
“He should be ashamed of himself for whatever he did,” the father of a player involved in the incident said — who asked KHOU to keep his name private out of fear of retaliation.
Adding to the disturbing nature of Wendt’s actions is the fact that after he was called out for hurting several children, he was told to leave the Baseball USA property and when told to do so, he was entirely remorseless — telling parents he was a cop — and that his badge would protect him.
“It seemed like he didn’t care that day. He even said that he was a cop. ‘Go ahead and do whatever you do, do what you want to do. They can’t do anything to me because I’m a cop,’” the father said.
Though his badge appeared to protect him for several days after this incident, on Thursday, the department could no longer look the other way. The department released a statement noting that Wendt had been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of an investigation by the Houston Police Department.
“Harris County Constable Precinct 5 is aware of the video taken on July 9, 2022 at Baseball U.S.A. An investigation is being conducted by the Houston Police Department and is being reviewed by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The Sergeant involved in the allegations has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of this investigation. No other information can be released until the investigation is completed by the Houston Police Department.”
Parents say that suspension isn’t enough and Wendt should be charged for hurting children.
“He went out there and tried to hurt them,” said the father. “He should get punished for what he did.”
While this case may seem wild, unfortunately, we’ve recently reported on a similar incident. In Perry County, Kentucky, a manhunt was launched in December after Owsley County Sheriff Brent Lynch — who was the coach of a girl’s basketball team — was seen punching a child in the face after his team lost the game.
He would be found and arrested days later.
Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist
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