Logan’s new police chief says a YouTube video showing a man hitting another with the chief’s nunchucks was edited and taken out of context.A letter from Jensen to Mayor Randy Watts released by newly hired Chief of Police Gary R. Jensen Monday afternoon claims the video “is a piece of edited video that has been completely taken out of context of the actual events as they occurred.”The video, posted two years ago on YouTube, shows Jensen, then the Vernal police chief, participating in some demonstration involving one man hitting another in the buttocks with a pair of nunchucks.According to Jensen’s letter to the mayor, two band members noticed Jensen was carrying nunchucks and asked him if they could look at them.”I allowed him to look at the weapon while I continued to talk with the other band members,” Jensen wrote. The gentleman took a few steps and struck his friend across the buttocks, with his friend’s permission, in a joking manner. I immediately took the weapon back and the incident was over.”In the video, Jensen is shown shaking the hand of the individual who was hit and laughing with the pair, and he presents the hit individual with a coin or a token of some sort. According to audio in the video, the token says “You’ve been whooped by Vernal Police.”Jensen, dressed in police uniform, pulls the token out of his pocket and hands it to the man who was hit.Jensen contends the video was edited to make it appear as if he sanctioned the incident.At Tuesday’s meeting of the Logan Municipal Council, councilmembers will vote on whether to confirm Watts’ selection of Jensen as the city’s new chief of police. Logan City Recorder Teresa Harris told KVNU’s Jennie Christensen on Monday that Jensen had been in contact with all members of the council and the mayor throughout the day.The full video can be found below.
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