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") officer misconduct, a coalition of concerned citizens presented the United States Attorney's Office with documentation that MPD officer misconduct has cost the City of Milwaukee over $14 million in the last 10 years. The misconduct includes MPD officers using excessive force and committing other civil rights violations. The United States Attorney's Office promised to forward the information to the DOJ Civil Rights Division. For more information about the history of MPD officer misconduct, please see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article here.
The civil rights lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. applaud the efforts of citizens who care about the civil rights of the people of Milwaukee. We have represented victims in some of the highest profile examples of MPD officer misconduct, such as the brutal assault of Frank L. Jude, Jr. In that case, we obtained a $2 million settlement for Mr. Jude, so we know the tremendous cost to the City of Milwaukee when its police officers violate civil rights. We hope that the DOJ decides to conduct a complete review of the MPD, so that future police misconduct can be prevented.