MPD officer involved in illegal searches sentenced to 20 days in jail
MILWAUKEE - After handing in his police uniform, Jacob Knight will now have to put on scrubs.
A judge sentenced Knight to 20 days in prison and 60 hours of community service for his involvement illegal searches and rectal exams of suspects on the street.
Knight will also pay a $300 fine.
Prosecutors accused Knight of aiding the searches and allow his colleague, Ofc. Michael Vagnini, with performing the illegal searches for at least two years (Vagnini was convicted and is currently in prison.
The sentence could've been harsher, considering he struck a deal with the state before Friday's hearing.
Knight agreed to resign from the department -- he first joined in 1999 -- and prosecutors dropped one of the two charges against him.
Several police officers attended the hearing to support their former colleague. Knight also had many family members in attendance.
In his decision, Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner accused Knight of "not stepping up" and instead ignored the higher standards and practice as a police officer.
The judge said police officers have an "obligation and responsibility to do that for the community."