Police were met by nearly 200 people in the hotel lobby, according to Cooper, who said the crowd "smelled of liquor, were belligerent and aggressive toward police."
However, Haggerty wrote that the crowd size was 90 to 110 people, "with 75 [percent] of those individuals ranging in age from 45-70."
"Of the entire group, 50-55 [percent] of the individuals were females. This was hardly a rowdy group. This was a group of people who are respected professionals in their communities."
While trying to stop police from arresting his son, James Watson stepped in front of Cpl. D. Nikocevic and then shoved him with both arms in his chest, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Senior Patrolman M.Z. Blackledge wrote in a complaint that Brian Watson had an alcohol beverage in his hand and was screaming profanities at hotel patrons.
Police say Brian Watson tried to flee the area while his dad tried to stop the arrest. Police grabbed him by his arm and eventually got him on the ground, where he was handcuffed, according to the complaint.
Tyler Tucci, 22, who plays football for West Liberty, and Gabrielle Davis, 19, who is a volleyball player, according to the university's website, were both charged with obstructing.
Police used pepper spray on Tucci, who Cooper said resisted arrest. Davis lunged at police and would "have interjected herself physically in the struggle had I not grabbed her prior to her making contact with the officers," CPD Officer J.M. Spurlock wrote.
Haggerty wrote in the email that he watched a female basketball player "moving toward the elevator who was slammed into the floor and one of the borders of the plant beds."
The woman, he wrote, was "not involved in any of this, given that she was not charged with anything."
He wrote that the woman "sustained 2 broken ribs and ligament damage in her shoulder which required an overnight hospital stay."
West Liberty President Robin Capehart released a statement following the incident. "Based on the account of more than two dozen eyewitnesses to whom I've spoken, we look forward to the judicial process with regard to this matter."
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones released a statement defending police after the incident.
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