Another alleged victim comes forward in MPD strip search scandal

CREATED Apr 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Another alleged victim comes forward in the Milwaukee police department strip search scandal.

The common council is demanding the police department keep everyone in the loop with this ongoing strip search investigation. The council passed a resolution demanding MPD release the finding of its internal investigation no later than 30 days after it's complete.  An investigation, TODAY'S TMJ4 learned now involves the FBI.

Christian McGinnis is yet another person in the ongoing MPD illegal strip search scandal to file a complaint.

Seven Milwaukee police officers and a sergeant from District 5 are under internal investigation.  They stand accused of doing illegal strip and cavity searches in the streets.

An alleged victim told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I feel assaulted and I feel I couldn't defend myself by him being an officer when he went up my butt."

McGinnis claims back in December 2009 near N. 9th St. and W. Hadley Ave., some of those under review violated him during a traffic stop.

Court papers show officers found marijuana on McGinnis.  But like so many complaining, they believe the searches violated their constitutional rights.

Alderwoman Milele Coggs co-sponsored the resolution demanding MPD and the police and fire commission stay transparent in this internal investigation.  "Citizens have an issue with police policing themselves and whether or not that's good way to go, but I give the chief (Ed Flynn) credit for bringing this to the forefront," said Coggs in the common council meeting.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says several more victims have come forward and acknowledges the FBI has sat in on many interviews.