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 investigation, the Kenosha Police and Fire Commission (“PFC”) ruled that the shooting was justifiable. Michael E. Bell’s father, Michael M. Bell, believes that the shooting of his son was not justified. On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, private investigator Ira Robbins, hired by Michael M. Bell, presented evidence to the PFC which allegedly shows that the police officers involved in the incident changed their stories several times. In addition, Mr. Robbins told that PFC that one officer’s gun holster got caught on a police squad car, which may have led the police to believe that Michael E. Bell was trying to grab the officer’s gun. Based upon the investigation by Mr. Robbins, Michael M. Bell is asking the FBI to investigate the death of his son. For more information, please see the article on the WISN-TV website here.
The civil rights lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. applaud the efforts of Michael M. Bell in seeking accountability for his son’s death. We hope that the FBI investigates the death of Michael E. Bell.