Report reveals details on officer's alleged behavior
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- As West Fargo police officer Allen Schmidt remains suspended from duty, additional details about what happened on Tuesday night have been revealed in his girlfriend's report to Fargo police.
According to the Fargo Police Department's incident report, Schmidt's girlfriend, Sheila Windt, told police that she and Schmidt had gone to see a concert by the metal band Five Finger Death Punch at The Hub on Tuesday night.
While watching the concert in a suite with friends, Windt alleged that Schmidt was drinking heavily and became intoxicated, documents say. Windt said she was not drinking because she had planned on driving home.
While they were leaving The Hub, Windt stopped to talk to an African American man that she knew. The man works at the The Hub, according to the report.
During her conversation with the man, Windt alleged that Schmidt became very upset and used a racial slur toward the man as he and Windt were walking away.
Windt also told the officers that "Schmidt is a racist and hates black people," the report said.
When they reached their vehicle, Schmidt was allegedly upset with Windt and would not give her his car keys. Windt pulled off Schmidt's lip ring to distract him and get his keys, according to the report.
Windt said Schmidt then allegedly grabbed her hair and would not give her the keys. She bit his chest in order to free her hair.
The two eventually arrived at Schmidt's brother's residence on the 3300 block of 32nd St. S. Schmidt allegedly continued to yell at Windt outside the apartment building, and eventually Fargo police were called.
In their investigation, a Fargo police officer located and spoke with the man at The Hub, who did not recall Schmidt using a racial slur toward him, according to the report.
West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen said he was disappointed to hear of Schmidt's alleged behavior, but said the entire incident is still under investigation.
"I was surprised and disappointed to hear that that would have occurred," he said. "But just like anything else, that's an allegation."
West Fargo police are investigating every aspect of the incident, Rasmussen said, including Schmidt's alleged use of a racial slur.
Rasmussen hopes the investigation will be completed sometime next week.
Calls to a phone number belonging to an Allen E. Schmidt were not returned.
Sam Benshoof is a reporter
at The Forum of Fargo-
Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.