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UPDATE: 20 days in jail in illegal strip search case

Jacob Knight

Jacob Knight

UPDATED Friday, October 4, 2013 --- 10:23 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee County judge has sentenced a former police officer to 20 days in jail for "not stepping up" when fellow officers were performing illegal searches of suspects.

Jacob Knight was one of four Milwaukee police officers charged in the illegal strip search case. Knight earlier pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of an illegal body cavity search as part of a plea deal in which a felony misconduct charge was dismissed.

Knight has resigned from the police department. WTMJ-TV says Judge Jeffrey Wagner also sentenced Knight to 60 hours of community service and fined him $300 Friday.

More than a dozen victims of the illegal searches have filed federal civil rights suits against the city and a number of officers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 5:42 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Another Milwaukee police officer charged with conducting illegal strip searches has reached a plea agreement.

WISN-TV reports Jacob Knight pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor charge of conducting an illegal body cavity search. A felony charge was dismissed, and Knight must resign from the department.

He's one of four Milwaukee officers charged in an investigation into improper body cavity and strip searches since 2010.

Michael Vagnini, who prosecutors believed to be the ringleader of the four, pleaded no contest last month and was sentenced to 26 months in prison. Two other officers are scheduled to go on trial later this month.

Five of 30 victims identified in the investigation filed lawsuits in federal court Thursday against eight officers, the city of Milwaukee and Police Chief Edward Flynn.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, July 11, 2013 --- 7:52 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Five men are suing the city of Milwaukee and police chief over strip searches that led to criminal charges against four officers.

Two plaintiffs said at a news conference Thursday that the searches, which they called humiliating, amounted to sexual assault.

The men say officers probed their rectal and genital areas without probable cause and said the officers claimed they were looking for drugs.

In Wisconsin, police officers are prohibited from doing any cavity searches. Such searches can be performed only by a doctor, physician's assistant or registered nurse.

Plaintiffs' attorney Jon Loevy says the fact that his clients are black and the officers are white "speaks for itself."

A message left with the Milwaukee city attorney wasn't immediately returned. A police spokesman said he hadn't seen the lawsuit yet.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Thursday, July 11, 2013 --- 7:51 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Five men are suing the city of Milwaukee over strip searches that led to criminal charges against four officers.

Two federal lawsuits were filed Wednesday against the city, police chief and eight officers. The suits seek unspecified damages.

The men allege officers probed their rectal and genital areas without probable cause and that officers claimed they were looking for drugs. Two plaintiffs say no drugs were found, but they were still arrested.

In Wisconsin, police officers are prohibited from doing any cavity searches. Such searches can be performed only by a doctor, physician's assistant or registered nurse.

One officer has been convicted of conducting illegal strip searches. Charges are pending against three others.

Messages left Thursday with the Milwaukee city attorney and the police department weren't immediately returned.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 --- 2:07 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Five men are suing the city of Milwaukee and police chief over strip searches that led to criminal charges against four officers.

Two plaintiffs said at a news conference Thursday that the searches, which they called humiliating, amounted to sexual assault.

The men say officers probed their rectal and genital areas without probable cause and said the officers claimed they were looking for drugs.

In Wisconsin, police officers are prohibited from doing any cavity searches. Such searches can be performed only by a doctor, physician's assistant or registered nurse.

Plaintiffs' attorney Jon Loevy says the fact that his clients are black and the officers are white "speaks for itself."

A message left with the Milwaukee city attorney wasn't immediately returned. A police spokesman said he hadn't seen the lawsuit yet.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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