Two officers separated from the Milwaukee Police Department due to officer misconduct
On August 5, 2020, Milwaukee Police Officers Eric Fjeld and Eric Ratzmann resigned in lieu of termination after their body-worn camera video and an Internal Affairs Division investigation revealed their involvement in misconduct while on duty on June 30, 2020.
Last month, Chief Brunson mandated that Milwaukee Police supervisors played the video for their officers at the start of their shift. Acting Chief Michael Brunson denounced this type of behavior in a roll call video addressed to the members of the Milwaukee Police Department and stated in part, “These are the type of incidents that bring disrepute to the Milwaukee Police Department. We can ill-afford to have this type of display of unacceptable behavior during this time or any time,” Brunson said. “And if anyone engages in the type of behavior that you will see displayed on this video, you will be separated from the Milwaukee Police Department. There is no place for individuals who treat people like this in our city,” he continued.
Officer Fjeld was discharged for violating MPD Code of Conduct core values Competence, Courage and Integrity, and Officer Ratzmann was discharged for violating core values Competence and Respect. Both officers submitted resignation documents prior to being terminated.
This is a pivotal time for our country and for our agency as we work to stop officer misconduct from occurring in our department. The Milwaukee Police Department is committed to working and engaging with our community to ensure that all of our neighborhoods are safe, vibrant and livable.
To review the video please click the link. The video contains strong language, viewer discretion is advised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgRsDICqUlo