Strip Search Scandal

Court of public opinion reacting to illegal strip search charges

CREATED Oct. 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 9, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- The four Milwaukee police officers charged with crimes in the illegal strip search investigation have a long legal process ahead of them -- but this case is already playing out in the court of public opinion.

Robert Miller believes the four officers deserve a day in court for what they've allegedly done.

"If they're doing the dirty deed, they need to be punished," says Miller.

As word of the charges hit the streets in District 5, folks like Ronnie Clay are still cautious about how the case will play out.

"Well, we'll see what happens, you know it's one thing to be charged, it's another for them to do something," believes Clay.

Chris Ahmuty with the ACLU says Tuesday's developments could just be the tip of the iceberg for a concerned community.

"It's a big step, it's an important step, but it's not even the beginning of the end of this situation."

The Milwaukee police force is under fire, fighting to keep the confidence of those they swore to serve and protect.

"Because they wear a badge, it doesn't make them exempt from doing illegal stuff too.  They're human beings just like we are," says Clay.  "It's like a family, you know.  If one person does something wrong, it reflects on the whole family."

Ahmuty says it's important that the community looks at these officers like any other defendant -- innocent until proven guilty.