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Bullying: Slowly But Surely, the Law Recognizes an Age-Old Problem

How far is too far when it comes to protecting your child from an alleged school bully? A mother in Santa Rosa, California may very well have pushed the limits of good parenting in attempts to protect her daughter earlier...more

Wisconsin Law Designed To Hold Officers Accountable For Deaths In Police Custody Never Used

Back in 1981, Ernest Lacy died in the back of a Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) wagon. Even though police officers denied striking Mr. Lacy, the medical examiner found more than 30 cuts and bruises on his body. In...more

When Santa Is Naughty, Does He Give Himself a Lump of Coal?

If so, then Santa should be giving himself a nice chunk of West Virginia’s finest to burn in his stove this Christmas. According the Associated Press, recently, at a mall in Hingham, Massachusetts, Santa was barred from the...more

SKS Files Complaint With Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission For Death Of Derek Williams

Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody in June 2011. Initially, the MPD determined that the police officers involved did nothing wrong. After the video was released showing Mr. Williams in the back...more

Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission Fails To Hold Police Officers Accountable For Misconduct

The City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (“FPC”) is given extensive authority under Wisconsin law to review police officer misconduct. Despite being perhaps the most empowered civilian review board in the county, the...more

Legislators Say Failure To Render Aid Law Was Created For Cases Like The Death Of Derek Williams

As reported yesterday on the Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. website, special prosecutor John Franke has reportedly decided not to charge three Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers involved in the death of Derek...more

John Doe Investigation Into Death Of Brandon Johnson Begins Monday, March 4, 2013

As previously reported on this blog, Brandon Johnson died on October 6, 2012 while a patient at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex for only three days. Although suffering from some psychiatric issues, he was...more

Milwaukee Police Department Changes Policy Following Death Of Derek Williams

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody. An Inquest into the death led to an advisory jury verdict which determined that three MPD officers failed to render aid to Mr. Williams as...more

Jury To Consider Misdemeanor Charges Against Three Police Officers For Death Of Derek Williams

Testimony in the Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody concluded on Tuesday, February 20, 2013. According to a court document filed by Special Prosecutor John Franke, the...more

Earlier Assistance Could Have Saved The Life Of Derek Williams

The fifth day of the Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody took place on Friday, February 15, 2013. As previously reported on this website, Mr. Williams died in the back seat of...more

Derek Williams Inquest Continues With Expert Testimony As To Cause And Manner Of Death

The second day of the Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody took place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and featured testimony by experts who disagreed regarding the cause and...more

Milwaukee Police Department Officers Charged With Illegal Strip Searches And Body Cavity Searches To Be Tried Separately

As previously reported on this Blog here, four Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers face charges of conducting illegal body cavity searches and illegal strip searches. ...more

Inquest Into Death Of Derek Williams To Begin On February 11, 2013

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. An initial investigation determined that the MPD officers involved in the incident did nothing wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel then...more

Milwaukee Common Council President Proposes Change In Way Milwaukee Police Department Chief Is Hired

Currently the City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (“FPC”) hires the Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”). Recently, several high-profile incidents, such as the death of Derek Williams in MPD custody and...more

Violence Against Women Act Not Reauthorized but Backers Hope to Revive It

On January 2, 2013, the United States 112th Congress officially ran out its term and did not vote the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for reauthorization. VAWA, drafted by then-Senator Joe Biden and signed into law by...more

Father Of Man Killed By Kenosha Police Seeks FBI Investigation

Back in 2004, a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shot and killed Michael E. Bell. Police officers involved in the incident claimed Michael E. Bell struggled with them and tried to grab an officer’s gun. Following an...more

Jury Finds Milwaukee County Not Liable For Sexual Assault Committed By Jail Guard

Back in 2009, Milwaukee County jail guard James Howard sexually assaulted an inmate. A state court convicted Mr. Howard of two counts of sexually assaulting an inmate. The inmate then sued Mr. Howard in federal court,...more

Audio Recording of Police in Action Found to Be Protected Right under 1st Ammendment

Audio Recordings of Police Are Protected By First Amendment According to Two Different Courts Of Appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to Illinois’ 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law according to trial...more

Group Claims That Milwaukee Police Misconduct Has Cost City $14 Million

In response to a request from the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") for citizen input as to whether the DOJ should conduct an investigation into a possible pattern and practice of Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD")...more

Medical Examiner In Derek Williams Case Resigns

As previously reported on this website, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") custody back in July 2011. Initially, Milwaukee County assistant medical examiner Christopher Poulus ruled that Mr. Williams...more

Milwaukee County Executive May Veto New Medical Examiner Legislation

Following the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") custody, the Milwaukee County Board passed new legislation which contains new requirements for the Milwaukee County medical examiner when a person...more

Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission Considers New Use-Of-Force Policies

In recent years, there have been several high profile incidents where Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") officers have used unreasonable and excessive force against citizens. Perhaps the most famous incident was the beating...more

Federal Report Blames Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex For Death Of Brandon Johnson

On October 6, 2012, Brandon Johnson died at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, following his admission only three days earlier. For the three days prior to his death, Mr. Johnson told staff at the Complex that he had...more

Milwaukee County Board Considers Changes Following Derek Williams’ Death As Police Chief Admits That Officers Made Mistakes

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") custody. After the release of a disturbing video which shows Mr. Williams in the back of an MPD squad car struggling to breathe and begging police...more

Authorities Investigating Death Of Man At Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Milwaukee Police Department officers responded to a 911 call relating to Brandon Johnson, due to concerns family members had relating to some potential mental health issues. The officers took...more

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