As previously reported here, several Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers engaged in a pattern of conducting illegal strip searches and illegal body cavity searches of Milwaukee citizens. Four MPD officers were convicted of criminal charges as a result of the illegal searches. In addition to the criminal case, several people have filed civil rights lawsuits against MPD officers, supervisors, and the City of Milwaukee for having policies that were the moving force behind the illegal searches.
The civil rights lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran represent 14 victims of illegal searches conducted by MPD officers. On Monday, April 21, 2014, we filed a Motion to join one of the pending civil rights lawsuits, because the claims of our clients share common issues of fact and law with the claims of the 13 plaintiffs in that case. We believe that pursuing the claims together, instead of filing multiple lawsuits, will be more efficient and will be a better use of the Court’s and the parties’ resources. For more information about the illegal search cases, please see this excellent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.
We are committed to obtaining justice for our clients who were the victims of the illegal searches conducted by MPD officers. Many of our clients were subjected to public strip searches on city streets, while others suffered body cavity searches conducted by MPD officers, when Wisconsin law requires that such searches by conducted by medical personnel. Please continue to follow our website for continuing updates on the illegal search cases.