Police accountability and justice take a step forward with FPC charges against Officer Mattioli
Milwaukee Alderwomen urge state action on additional police reform
Alderwomen Nikiya Dodd and Milele A. Coggs applaud the referral of charges by the Fire and Police Commission against Officer Mattioli, while strongly stating there is still much more work to be done on a local and state level. Both Alderwomen are authors of resolutions directing the City to lobby and seek introduction and passage of state legislation ensuring greater accountability and transparency for police officers involved in homicides while on or off duty, as well as supportive of legislation that would mandate officers being investigated for criminal activity be suspended without pay.
Additionally, both Alderwomen have sponsored a resolution that would ask the FPC to take over internal investigations of all officer-involved deaths instead of them being investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. Currently, Wis. Stat. §175.47 mandates officer-involved deaths be referred to a third party when on-duty officers are involved, but permits the Milwaukee Police Department to investigate certain officer-involved deaths that take place while the officer is off-duty The Alderwomen have proposed that the amendment to state law should require outside investigations of all officer-involved deaths.
“The community should have faith that when an officer is involved in any type of homicide, on or off duty, it will be investigated thoroughly and fairly. Right now, the community does not have this trust but yesterday’s announcement is a step in the right direction,” said Alderwoman Coggs.