BELOIT—In the wake of Beloit police using deadly force in a Dec. 10 shooting, Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski says the department could use the tragic incident in future officer training in an effort to prevent a loss of life.
The department will conduct a full administrative review regarding the death of 23-year-old Montay S. Penning, of Janesville, who was shot Dec. 10, 2019 by three Beloit police officers following a vehicle and foot pursuit.
Zibolski said the internal review would be “looking for any training or substantive policy issues related to the use of force and address them accordingly.”
The three officers involved in the shooting were cleared in the incident after Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary reviewed the Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) independent report. Information included in the state investigation found that Penning pointed a handgun at the officers before the shooting.
In 2019, the department responded to 54,479 calls for service resulting in 3,555 arrests. In those calls for service, the use of force was needed 117 times.
“That’s less than half of a percent of all calls for service,” Zibolski said.
Copies of the department’s use of force and body-worn camera policies are available for review on the city’s website.
Zibolski said the department will continue to host “Conversations With The Community” regarding traffic stops, field interventions and use of force as a way to build stronger ties with the community.
“These conversations are important for eliminating confusion and mistrust as to citizens’ rights and the legal parameters of our officers during such contact,” Zibolski said. “I encourage our community members to attend and participate so that together we can prevent future tragedies from occurring.”
No date is set for the next community event, but Zibolski said the department would provide an update on the administrative policy review from the Dec. 10 shooting at that time.