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Milwaukee Cops Now Required To Stop Excessive Force

October 30, 2012  | 

Milwaukee police officers would be required to intervene if they see one of their colleagues using excessive force, according to a new policy expected to be approved by the city's Fire and Police Commission this week.

The proposed change to the department's use-of-force policy comes eight years after Frank Jude Jr. was beaten by a group of off-duty Milwaukee police officers while other officers stood by and did nothing.

The policy also broadens the department's definition of force to include situations in which police take a suspect to the ground in an attempt to handcuff or otherwise subdue him or her. Further, it requires officers to report their reasons for striking, punching or kicking a suspect - uses of force they did not have to specifically document in the past as long as the suspect was not injured.

Read the full Journal Sentinel story.

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Jeffrey P. Rush @ 10/30/2012 1:11 PM

Until I saw this, "We want to create a career-long record of an individual officer's use of force and to be able to analyze each of those incidents through this use-of-force reporting system," he"[Tobin] said."I would have said this is somewhat of a so-what kind of policy.

Having seen the above though, I wonder if this is just a way for the commission to go after cops. If so, then the Chief should put it away if he can.

That said, nothing wrong with intervening with our brothers and sisters, we should be doing that anyway. If we don't stand together then what are we?

R. G. Montgomery @ 10/30/2012 8:25 PM

I've always thought preventing a comrade from doing something seriously stupid - thereby screwing up his career and possibly mine - was a reasonable course of action.

Guy Rossi @ 10/31/2012 2:43 AM

This is something new? I thought federal laws explicitly stated we have to stop another officers unconstitutional act or be complicit ourselves. Some of us have tried to do what we felt was fraternally right only to find ourselves in federal court over an act by another that was failing to look out for himself but the future welfare of their partners.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 10/31/2012 6:21 AM

I can only say "Easier said than done". It depends I guess how many cameras are on at the time and where you are.

CopsonTrial @ 11/2/2012 10:21 AM

What complete horse sh*t!!! HOW MANY times has a video been shown on TV, where the pig recklessly tases, beats, punches, kicks, maces a suspect, while in handcuffs, while other officers stand by shrugging, joking, high fiving and jerking each other off? It took EIGHT years after the fact, this is something that should be mandatory for ANY officer swearing an oath to protect. The PIGS in BLUE stick together, feeding from the same slop. WAT to many videos show officers beating or shooting suspects beyond remote justiciation, while other cops stand by watching, refusing to help or step in, KNOWING that the offending cop is abusing the law. I have watched TWO vids online where a fair cop, one a male, the other a female. DOES step in, and later is FIRED for interfering with police arrest and procedure. F*ck off with this nonsence, if this type of commen sense comraderie and suspect protection has to be mandated and on the books for officers to follow, what does that say about cops on a routine basis?

Chuck McKenzie @ 11/2/2012 7:23 PM

CopsonTrial, I'll never deny your opinion on these matters, but you may find yourself taken somewhat seriously if you improve your literacy level. Your posts sound like a sniveling child who is woefully lacking in education, to the point of not knowing how to use "spell-
check" on your computer. You might also wish to participate in a ride-along program with a police department in order to get first-hand knowledge that doesn't come with the on-scene videos.

Living the Dream @ 11/3/2012 7:42 AM

CopsonTrial: Please if you have something to say or wish to express an opinion do so as a decent human being. You don't see me going on your website ( and bad mouthing you do you?

And as to the article you should always assume you are being video taped and intervene in situations that you need to. For one it's right and for two the job you save might be your own.

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