The man who used a pair of nunchucks to hit a friend in a video that has caused a controversy in the hiring of a new Logan police chief says Gary R. Jensen played no negative role in the 2007 incident after a concert in VernalSince Sunday, Jensen, Mayor Randy Watts’ selection to fill Logan’s vacant police chief position, has been under significant scrutiny by the community and media as a result of a the video that shows a man using Jensen’s nunchucks to hit a friend across the back side.The man who used the nunchucks was David Wall, a Grand Junction, Colo., resident who told CacheValleyDaily Wednesday night that there should be no controversy surrounding Jensen’s role in the video.”By no means did he just hand it (the nunchucks) over and say, ‘oh here, go ahead and whack this guy,'” Wall said. “He said, ‘here’s my information in case there’s any issues about this later.'”In the video, a man takes a hard hit via a pair of nunchucks across the back side, and multiple times in the video shows evidence of the slap, displaying a welt that was left on his right buttock. Wall said Jensen did let him hold his nunchucks, but his reaction following the hit was more along the lines of saying he’d never seen anyone willingly take a hit like that, so he provided the man with a token and his contact information in case there were any issues in the future.”He felt sorry for the guy that I smacked with them,” Wall said. “He said, ‘here’s my information in case there’s any issues about this later.'”Wall said the video that’s been on YouTube since 2007 wasn’t made to make Jensen look bad. When contacted Wednesday evening, Wall seemed surprised that a controversy was erupting in Logan over the video.”It wasn’t anything that was doctored,” Wall said of the video. “He just happened to be a bystander.”On Tuesday at the Logan Municipal Council meeting, Jensen announced that he and Watts had jointly agreed to postpone his confirmation as the new police chief until certain questions surrounding the video and ensuing explanation could be answered.
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