According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Four Milwaukee police officers were charged Tuesday (10-9-12) with crimes related to illegal rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the past two years.
One officer put a gun to one man’s head and two officers held on to his arms as a different officer jammed his hand inside his anus, purportedly searching for evidence, according to the criminal complaint. Another man bled for several days as a result of one of the searches, it said.
Police Chief Ed Flynn referred to the strip search and sodomy allegations, during the preliminary investigation, as, “Noble cause misconduct.” The strip search incident comes on the back of several other high profile misconduct incidents in Milwaukee.
There was the death of Derek Williams. He was an alleged robbery suspect who died in the back of a police cruiser after an altercation with MPD. It wasn’t until the Journal’s investigation revealed facts about the case which weren’t initially given to the medical examiners office that the incident gained publicity. The video above shows Derek’s last seven excruciating minutes of life.MPD’s official report state that Mr. Williams was taken into custody, “Without incident.” We now know, thanks to the Milwaukee Journal reporters, the police flat out lied.
Then of course there is the Milwaukee PD case where the department cooked the books on crime statistics which were reported to the FBI.
We also have the case of a 13 year old boy shot by his neighbor who alleged the kid stole guns. The boy’s mother was essentially detained for 1.5 hours by MPD while her son bled out and died at the hospital. A search revealed that no guns were ever found in the boy’s possession or house.
Can’t forget MPD “Officer” Ladmerald Cates who was sentenced to 24 years in prison for raping a Milwaukee woman who had called 911 for help.
Recently the Journal exposed that about 5% of MPD officers have actually been caught violating the law. Wonder how many haven’t been caught yet?
All of these incidents occurred in Milwaukee during the past 6 months or so. The idea that we’ll somehow change this 150 old “Department” from within is absurd. We as citizens need to exercise our rights and monitor, via video, these individuals who’s actions rival those which we call, “Terrorists.”
My neighbors in Milwaukee are encouraged to contact me at MilwaukeeCitizenPress@gmail.com. I will also continue to reach out to the community in an effort to gain transparency. MPD is a department with over a century of brutal culture. This needs to change.