Ald. Khalif Rainey
Press Release

Arrest Near 51st and Capitol Raises Questions

The man’s violent struggle with multiple police officers during the arrest was captured on video by several witnesses, and it is very difficult to watch

By - May 4th, 2018 11:14 am

The arrest by Milwaukee Police of a 25-year-old man on Wednesday in the 7th District near N. 51 st St. and W. Capitol Dr. raises many questions for me.

The man’s violent struggle with multiple police officers during the arrest was captured on video by several witnesses, and it is very difficult to watch. Yesterday Police Chief Alfonso Morales announced that three officers involved in the arrest have been placed on administrative duty and one officer involved is under administrative suspension.

Like many I am disturbed by the number of blows t hat were administered to the man by officers during the arrest and I will be looking to gather more information about this from MPD. I will be asking about standard operating procedures and whether they were followed in this case, and I will also be asking about the specifics of this entire situation (the response, attempts to calm the man/de-escalate).

With our recent history of MPD officers using force and questionable judgment against citizens (Dontre Hamilton, Sylville Smith, body cavity searches, etc.), incidents like this one continue to erode an already fragile relationship between the police and the community.

My thoughts are with all who were injured — the officers and the man — and I wish them all a full recovery

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3 thoughts on “Arrest Near 51st and Capitol Raises Questions”

  1. Edward Susterich says:

    Supposedly a person with mental illness in a confrontation with Milwaukee Police.

    How would you have responded to this?

  2. DAG999 says:

    Hey Khalif…I’m not sure you could do the required 1 1/2 mile run in the alloted time, but you should give up your cushy desk job and apply for a Police Officer’s position? There will be a pay cut from your $77,400 pay grade down to about $54,000 (starting) but, with those deep roots to the heart of the City you speak of in your profile, why not give it a shot and help your fellow citizens?

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