Meet Michael Vagnini, the Milwaukee Cop Charged With Illegally Fingering Suspects’ Rectums

Published On October 16, 2012 | By CopBlock | Uncategorized

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Pictured at right is Michael Vagnini, the Milwaukee Police Department officer facing charges for aggressively fingering suspects’ anuses. At gunpoint. Until they bled.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Vagnini and three others are facing criminal charges stemming from a series of illegal rectal searches Vagnini vigorously conducted between February 2010 and February 2012. “Vagnini is alleged to have performed all of the searches,” the paper reports. “The three other officers are accused of witnessing Vagnini’s actions and not stopping them or reporting them to a supervisor.” A total of 32 of their police colleagues testified against the four men. How ethical of them to wait only two years to speak up!

Here’s a brief rundown of Vagnini’s exploits:

In one case, a man had gone to check on his aunt’s house in the 3500 block of N. 10th St. When he came outside, his vehicle was surrounded by squad cars. Vagnini put his bare hand down the man’s pants, touched his scrotum and inserted fingers into his anus, the complaint says. When the man pulled away, Vagnini put him in a choke hold that caused him to slobber onto Vagnini’s arm. Vagnini repeatedly told him to “stop resisting” as he pulled back so hard on his neck his feet almost left the ground, the man said. Two other officers held his arms and one put a gun to his head, the complaint says.

Vagnini claimed he found crack cocaine inside the man’s anus, but the man insisted it “was not on him prior to the search,” the complaint says.

In another search, Vagnini conducted a traffic stop near N. 12th and W. Locust streets, the complaint says. Vagnini handcuffed the driver and asked him for “the drugs.” The defendant denied having drugs but actually had hidden drugs inside his anal cavity, according to the complaint.

Vagnini put the suspect in a chokehold from behind, released him and then stuck his gloved hand inside the defendant’s underwear, “shoving his fingers deeply into the defendant’s butt crack and possibly into the defendant’s anus,” the complaint says.

The man was screaming, and as a result of Vagnini’s actions the man was bleeding from the anal area for several days, the complaint says.

Here is a fun fact: It is illegal in Wisconsin for a police officer to perform a cavity search, regardless of what probable cause he may have to believe that a suspect is hiding things in his cavities. Here is another fun fact: Three of the four officers charged in the investigation have official reprimands on their records for “for failure to be civil and courteous toward the public,” “unsafe vehicle operation” (twice), and “failing to honor a subpoena.” They were, in other words, problem cops who should have been fired or placed on desk duty ages ago.

Here is the most fun fact: The Milwaukee Police Department knew about the illegal searches for “a couple of years,” but waited to do anything about them “until authorities recognized a pattern.”

In accordance with Milwaukee’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, all four officers are on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal hearing that will occur alongside the criminal trial.

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  • shawn

    Now history problem officers will cost their city/county a lot of money and even more respect and trust. They sat on this, knowing these guys were doing this crap.

    Wouldn’t it have been better to end their careers from their previous issues?

  • http://buelahman.wordpress.com/ BuelahMan

    Common Sense, get that man’s finger out of your mouth.

  • Yankee Fan

    This isn’t the first story of this activity with this police force. This is the same wonderful Department that had several officers beat frank Jude so bad, medical personal couldn’t document his injuries as he kept bleeding. Fortunatley they were punished in federal court but this is alwaysa fun story hearing police violate the law on illegal searches. You would think this would be common sense by now!

  • Ed

    Smell my finger, Common.

  • 2minutes

    This is a perfect example of the double standard that exists in regard to law enforcement. The one that the law enforcement crowd keeps denying. If someone without a badge had sexually assaulted another individual like this, he would have been arrested, charged, and been sitting in jail awaiting trial, unless he was able to pay a hefty sum in order to bond out. As soon as his employer heard about it, he would have lost his job. Not so for a cop. In the cops case, he gets a vacation first. With Pay. For committing a crime. Sure, he might be found guilty, and eventually sentenced, but he still gets the “hands off treatment” until the internal investigation is completed. How many of the people arrested by the police get this kind of treatment?

    32 police colleagues testified against the four men. 32. Who knew that this was wrong, that it was a crime, and that it continued to occur over a 2 year period. Blue Code of Silence Indeed. Apparently the police desire to stem crime doesn’t apply to , well, the police.
    Selectively enforcing the law? Choosing to allow unlawful acts to occur based on the fact that the perpetrator has a badge? Sounds amazingly like a double standard to me.

    It’s illegal for a cop in Wisconsin to perform a body cavity search?
    Yet he did it anyway? And no one had a problem with this? For 2 years? Either this officer, and the others who were aware of these incidents, knew a crime was being committed, and tacitly covered it up, or they did not know it was a crime, which again gives rise to the double standard, as “ignorance of the law is no excuse”; or at least it isn’t if you are not a cop.

    My personal favorite in this whole story: The Milwaukee Police Dept. knew this was happening, but decided that it was O.K., at least until it was done enough times that the authorities could recognize a pattern. When exactly, does the pattern become clear? Obviously, it takes at least a couple of years. Of rape. Of assault. my question is this: how do people (non-police) get arrested for the first time? Do the police also wait for a couple of years to see if they are going to commit the same crime repeatedly? Do they need that pattern established? Because it sure doesn’t seem like that’s standard operating procedure, not when police constantly seem to assault and arrest innocent people, invade the homes of innocent people, and kill the pets of innocent people. Where is the waiting to establish a pattern then? No, when the purported evildoer is not an officer , then it’s O.K. to make a mistake and harm innocents, all part of the job. But when it is an officer, then we must wait and wait and wait, make sure what he’s doing is actually wrong, make sure it’s a pattern (because one or twice doesn’t count for cops, they’re allowed some leeway and damn the public) and only then must we do an internal investigation. But, at the same time, we will threaten to arrest someone for raising their voice; calling it disturbing the peace. Without a pattern established. Or for filming the police. Or contempt of cop. Again, without the 2 year grace period or demonstrable pattern. And still claim that there’s no double standard.

  • AnonymousTTTT

    A learning Disabled Woman is Being targeted by Organized Crime that is within the System in San Diego,By the system because she is Whistle Blowing Concerning not only the Crime’s the Organized Crime is attached to, but the fact that she has caught the syndacted members on Video and Audio and in emial Files and this Physical proof is UNDENIABLE it Links the SDPD and the San Diego District Attorneys office directly to Organized crime including the Crimes that have happned to Ms Leslie Williams-On 1/07/2012 Cop Block Posted a Video of her being Assaulted on a MTS Bus-( it was a Staged assault and if you look closley at the Physical Structure of the Bus you can Clearly observe the Video is Altered -It was a Staged Retalitory assualt-( the Secound One that has occurred towards this woman in a 45 day Period) as a result of her exposing them online-Up to this date they have stolen over 2000 Dollars worth of property from her-their Stealing her Hiking equiptment like erected tents she leaves erected when she leaves her Hiking area for the Day they stage incidents to make it appear the Police approaching her hiking area’s when she is their are done legitmitley-Ms Williams has requested over 12 times for the Police to make a Report she is a target of Organized Stalking ( You Tube -GangStalking Bullying on Steroids) to witness what type of crime this is IN PART-) and they have flat out denied her EVERYTIME-Why because their aware that she has 2006 Emails that prove she was a Target of this Crime when she was in San Diego for 36 days in 2006-Now in 2006 the SDPD played a DIRECT a DIRECT Role in GangStalking her and as a Result she was Finacially and Sexually exploited and now since she has UNDENABLE Physical Tangible proof she is a target of this Crime since she arrived back in San Diego on 8/08/2012 for the First time since 2006 it shows she was stalked to here ( Again) which in turn brings alive everything that has happened to her before 2006 and between 2006 up to 8/08/2011 and between 8/08/2011-10/16/2012-Torture and Expoloation for Money
    Police Officers whould Go to prison for the Rest of their Lives in at least 3 states—( Its a nation Wide Syndacite)-so who advocates for Ms leslie Williams in San Diego CA-She exposes what she does to expose who is Involved The SDPD Eatern and Western Divisions-San Diego Internal Affairs Office and the San Diego District Attorneys Office-and the fact that te Citizens review Board was Notified and Did Nothing about any of it-Human Traffciking Racketering UCSd and SDSU and Point Loma and Serra Mesa Public Libraries are intercepting her emails for help so the expedition can continue for explotation and protection from exposure-She is learning Disabled and their having her Brutally assaulted and they will eventually use other members in the System like Social Services Workers Social Security workers and probably County Mental health to Discredit her to exploit her Finacially -( Including Medicare Fraud) Google every Description and Cross reference it to Either Organized Stalkng or GangStalking.
    10/16/2012

  • Ed

    Hey t, why don’t you go smell this cops finger?

  • Citizen_kane

    The guy has a fetish and probably is gay and hates himself for it taking it out on people. He’s a punk who hopefully sees what it’s like to be a cop in jail.

  • Common Sense

    Fighting drug dealers one asshole at a time!!

  • d0nj3nko

    What a bummer!

  • mike

    Common, this guy is right up your alley, I mean ASS! LMFAO!!!

  • http://suijurisforum.com indio007

    Common Sense is going to start dealing drugs right to the cops so he can get some free sex.

  • WCS

    OOOOOOOO, lol, i cant wait till they go to jail. Talk about a bleeding rectum. Hell, they may even like there and not wish to ever leave. You know, i am shocked that one of the men that he did that to did not look him up and kill him. If someone did that to a man where i live or that mans wife, he would be marked and one day there would be a gun shot. That cop would be killed for that. Who thinks that is ok for a cop to do? Realy, what was he thinking? Who hired that man and what made him think that he would be a good cop? WTF PEOPLE?

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  • Comic Sense

    All I have to say is that it shouldn’t be illegal for LEO to do this when we have so many drugged out hippies making stupid sites like this running around.

    Give ‘em a little taste, that’s what I say LOL.

  • Grayson

    The guy is clearly gay and clearly enjoys what he is doing. As far as I am concerned that state sponsored rape.

  • Nightrider

    With a name like Vagnini, no wonder he has got a fetish for things “under” and ‘below’ He’s probably got a collection of meat sausages at home that he uses regularly on himself, reserving his finger to do the roaming outside of the house.