Strip Search Scandal

Community leader doesn't expect violence against MPD following strip search charges

CREATED Oct 9, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- There has been some concern the illegal strip search charges against four Milwaukee police officers could add more friction to an already strained relationship between Milwaukee's Police Department and the community. 

But Rev. Willie Brisco, president of the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, doesn't expect any problems.

"Violence against violence doesn't accomplish anything," said Rev. Brisco to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure." "I think this is just some rhetoric coming from some isolated pockets of individuals who are frustrated and just trying to be heard."

Due to the Derek Williams case, the Darius Simmons case and these strip search charges, some people have said the city is sitting on a potential powder keg, but the reverend doesn't think so.

"We are not in danger of that, and I would speak out against anyone who says this was a way and a means to achieve an end."

Rev. Brisco says the feds need to investigate this police department.

"If you keep treating the symptoms you will never cure the entire illness," says Rev. Brisco.  "There's something wrong that has to be corrected."

The FBI's law enforcement coordinator at the US Attorney's Office, Dean Puschnig, says there is no timetable on an investigation of the overall problems in Milwaukee's Police Department.