Milwaukee Cops Charged With Sexual Assaults

Here’s a rare case where prosecutors are actually taking police misconduct seriously. Four Milwaukee police officers have been charged with illegal searches and sexual assault on almost a dozen men over the course of two years. The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

According to a criminal complaint, 10 men identified only by their initials told prosecutors the officers searched them between February 2010 and February 2012.

The stories are strikingly similar. They allege that Officer Michael Vagnini stopped them, placed his hand down their pants and probed their anus or shifted their genitals, saying he was looking for drugs.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm charged Vagnini with 25 counts, including conducting an illegal strip search, misconduct in office, sexual assault and conducting an illegal body cavity search.

Chisholm also charged Jeffrey Dollhopf with conducting an illegal strip search, conducting an illegal body cavity search and two counts of misconduct in public office; Brian Kozelek with conducting an illegal strip search and misconduct in public office; and Jacob Knight with conducting an illegal body cavity search and misconduct in public office.

I wonder about two things. First, will they be convicted? Juries tend to give police officers the benefit of every doubt and ignore evidence of misconduct. Second, would the charges have been filed if the victims were women? Because that kind of thing goes on all the time.

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  • ah58

    That’s immediately what I thought. Would they have been charged if the victims were women?

  • Well, these accusations come from men, so there is no danger of mistakes/lies from those poor, overheated ladybrains.

    Sharia weighs a woman’s testimony as half that of a man, so once again we have the situation where Sharia law must be fought to the death – while implementing a proper American version that doesn’t have all those Muslamic cooties.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    How long till they find new gigs at TSA?

  • ema

    Sharia weighs a woman’s testimony as half that of a man….

    Unfortunately, in the city, even the full testimony* of a male police officer (Kenneth Moreno) isn’t enough for a guilty of rape verdict.

    *Moreno admitted to:

    a) Stealing the victim’s keys in order to illegally gain access to her apartment.

    b) Returning to her apartment x 3.

    c) Lying on his report to cover that up.

    d) Spooning with the almost nude and very drunk victim while dressed in his uniform, on duty, because, according to him, the incapacitated victim tried to seduce him.

    [The two officers involved, Moreno and Franklin Mata (who acted as the lookout) were convicted of official misconduct for going back to the woman’s apartment three times without telling their superiors.]

  • Sadly, if the victims were women, this would never have gone forward — they were “asking for it”. *gag*

  • spamamander, internet amphibian

    I know it’s terribly juvenile, and I am in NO way diminishing the crimes involved here, but “Vagnini” accused of sexually assaulting men?