New footage of West Memphis baby-shower brawl may clear off-duty officer’s name

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark.— New footage may help clear an off-duty West Memphis Police officer's name after being charged in a baby-shower brawl.

The family said they called police at least 6 times. The first time they say dispatch hung up on them and every time after that.

They say there wasn't much cooperation until it was clear that the off-duty officer was hurt and bleeding.

This soon to be grandma has lost her badge and is now facing battery and assault charges after her motherly instincts may have overridden her professional code of conduct.

Now her step-son Dewayne Robinson Jr. says former officer Wendi Schuchardt didn't start the fight.

"If police would have come when I first called and told them the female was here the very first time when dispatch hung up on me
this never would have happened," Robinson Jr. said.

WREG uncovered hotel surveillance showing how things played out, though you can't hear anything you can see the off-duty
officer standing by the door in a pink shirt.

"My stepmom never entered that room never touched that room. We stood outside the door and my stepmom put her hand against the wall," Robinson said.

Robinson Jr. says his stepmom is in trouble for protecting his pregnant sister who was threatened by a Clarion Hotel Guest.

"She said I'll whoop this pregnant B**** a** and that point I asked her to go to her room or get out the lobby because you're being rude," Robinson said.

He says the guest even lunged at his sister.

He and Schuchardt were at the hotel decorating for his sister's baby shower that was on March 24th.

"That's not the picture I want painted of my stepmom we didn't look to have a fight," Robinson said.

He says the only reason they even followed the guest was because the hotel has a strict policy against rowdy behavior.

"There were other guests who had complained because she was walking up and down the halls doing the same thing," Robinson said.

Robinson Jr. says Schuchardt was on the phone with dispatch the entire time trying to get help.

"She was on the phone with dispatch telling them this is badge number 273 I'm at the Clarion Hotel I need an officer," Robinson said.

According to him, dispatch was more concerned about identifying the officer than showing up.

Wendi has lost her job over a move, a choke hold, the police department says took things too far.

As for the family. They say they don't regret sticking up for their loved one.

"I would have done something regardless and took the consequences as they came," Robinson said.

The guests were kicked out but they weren't charged with anything. The off-duty officer, Robinson and even the pregnant woman are all facing charges.


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