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Booker Stanley faces four misdemeanor counts stemming from alleged altercations at Mifflin Street Block Party

MADISON — Booker Stanley, a tailback on the University of Wisconsin football team, was formally charged with four misdemeanors in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday. Stanley, 22, faces two counts of battery and one count each of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday morning that details the alleged actions that led to his arrest at the Mifflin Street block party April 30.

Stanley appeared in court Thursday, according to court records, and not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.

According to the criminal complaint, Stanley resisted arrest when Madison police attempted to break up an altercation between the junior football player and another partygoer. The individual told officers at the scene that tensions escalated when Stanley and a companion attempted to prevent him from returning from nearby a port-a-potty to the sidewalk area where students and residents were celebrating in the houses.

In his account to officers, the partygoer said that he tried to step around Stanley, who then turned toward him and hit him on the side of the face with an open hand. According to the report, he asked Stanley, "What was that all about?" and Stanley then pushed and slapped him again. After receiving a third strike to the face, the man told officers he lightly swung back at Stanley.

It was at this point that Stanley put down his beer and charged the partygoer, hitting him in the left eye and mouth, according to the complaint.

At about the same time, several Madison police officers came upon the disturbance, where they reported observing Stanley with his hand at the victim's throat and punching his face. Police arrested Stanley after he disregarded several warnings from officers to step away from the man.

A witness told officers the individual taunted Stanley before the fight broke out, though he could not make out what the two said to each other.

The complaint also details another incident in which Stanley allegedly insulted a female partygoer, pushed her to the ground and grabbed her nose. The episode took place approximately 10 minutes before the skirmish that resulted in Stanley's arrest.

Stanley is free on signature bond. Under the terms of his release he is to have no contact with either alleged victim, he many not consume alcohol and he cannot be on Mifflin Street.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for June 9.

Stanley, who was suspended indefinitely from the football team following his arrest, has rushed for 873 yards over the last two seasons.

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