Four Milwaukee police officers were charged Tuesday with felonies related to illegal rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the past two years.
In one case, an officer held a gun to a man's head as two others held his arms and a third put him in a choke hold while jamming a hand into his anus, purportedly searching for evidence, according to the criminal complaint. Another man bled from his rectum for several days after his encounter with police, the complaint says.
The complaint lays out in graphic detail how the primary suspect, Officer Michael Vagnini, conducted searches of men's anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums. Vagnini acknowledged performing one of the searches. At least one suspect said Vagnini planted drugs on him.
State law and police procedures prohibit officers from conducting cavity searches. Only medical personnel are allowed to perform them, and police must first obtain a search warrant.
Ignore the law, they have a badge, they are the law!
Michael Tobin, executive director of the Fire and Police Commission, said the next step is to determine through a separate internal investigation whether discipline should result.
You have to try and figure this one out?
- Illegal searches
- Planting of evidence
- Sexual assault
- Depriving another person of his civil rights under color of law
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This crap will continue to happen until they get the message.