Statement: Pattern and practice of potential police misconduct warrants federal investigation

From my inbox: Joint statement from Alds. Hamilton, Davis, Coggs, Wade, Perez, Zielinski and Hines:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2012

Pattern and practice of potential police misconduct warrants federal investigation

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

For more than half a year, the Milwaukee community and many of us on the Common
Council have waited for some indication that justice will be done in the case of the illegal strip
searches some Milwaukee Police Department personnel are accused of carrying out. It has
been a long wait.

But with the announcement this week that the District Attorney has brought criminal charges
against four police officers in that case, we have reason to hope. The details of the charges
against these men are shocking, and warrant a swift and thorough prosecution that restores
residents’ faith in the justice system.

We anticipate discussing the nature of these charges in-depth in the city’s Public Safety
Committee. Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs introduced, Aldermen Willie L. Hines, Jr., Ashanti
Hamilton, Willie C. Wade and Nik Kovac co-sponsored, and the Common Council passed a
resolution that requires MPD and the Fire and Police Commission to report their findings
within 30 days of concluding investigations into the matter. The public release of further
details about these alleged crimes is critical to maintaining the accountability our constituents
demand.

Further, we feel a broader view of the situation is warranted in order to look into potential
patterns and practices of police misconduct and civil rights violations in the Milwaukee Police
Department. We are now requesting that the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of
Wisconsin conduct a general federal investigation into the entire department.

Signed,

Ald. Ashanti Hamilton

Ald. Joe Davis, Sr.

Ald. Milele A. Coggs

Ald. Willie C. Wade

Ald. José G. Pérez

Ald. Tony Zielinski

Ald. Willie L. Hines, Jr.

Sorry about the formatting…they sent me a really nice PDF with the city seal and their actual signatures, but I couldn’t load it to BB as delivered.

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