Wichita police captain guilty of shoving referee at game

Receives probation and a fine

July 10, 2018 - 7:10 pm

A Wichita police captain was found guilty of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct for confronting a teenage referee at a youth basketball game.

A judge found Capt. Kevin Mears guilty Tuesday and sentenced him to six months of probation. Mears must also pay $450 in fines.

Mears has been on leave since shortly after a video of a January game in Augusta appeared to show Mears going on to the court and shoving the female referee, 17.

In earlier testimony, Mears said he didn't shove the referee and was just trying to get to his son, who was injured.

The referee testified Mears ignored her orders to leave the court and was shouting obscenities before he pushed her.

Mears' attorney said he plans to appeal the ruling.

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