MPD strip search investigation

Milwaukee officials push for more transparency during investigation into MPD

CREATED Apr 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Seven Milwaukee Police officers and a sergeant face accusations of conducting illegal strip searches.

Some city officials are pushing to have that investigation conducted in public, and they were to propose that public investigation on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at a Common Council meeting.

The goal is to bring transparency to the investigation into alleged illegal strip searches.

"My illegal searches happened at least three times," said a 22-year-old woman, who claims a police officer strip-searched her.

"She would proceed to put her hands in my pants."

Common Council members Milele Coggs and council President Willie Hines were to call for transparency during the Milwaukee Police/Fire and Police Commission investigation.

The officers allegedly conducted the illegal searches while looking for drugs.

The Journal Sentinel reports that Milwaukee County prosecutors are conducting a John Doe investigation into the searches.

"I have been made aware of them," said lawyer Robin Shellow.

She claims a lot is at stake for the MPD, and she believes the District Attorney's office should not be handling the investigation.

"If the officers are charged, 100's and 100's of drug cases go out the window. There needs to be federal oversight."

TODAY'S TMJ4 is told that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office could launch their own investigation.