Milwaukee Common Council Approves $5 Million Settlement of Body Cavity / Strip Search Suits

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The Milwaukee Common Council today approved a $5 million settlement that will be divided among 74 African American young men — including a 15-year-old boy and a wheelchair-bound paraplegic — who were subjected to illegal body cavity and strip searches by Milwaukee Police as part of a wide spread and racially discriminatory pattern and practice of the MPD.

Approval of this historic settlement demonstrates that the City of Milwaukee has at last accepted its responsibility for the blatantly unconstitutional conduct of its District 5 Unit of Power Shift police officers that was led by now-convicted felon Michael Vagnini.

Attorneys for the men and several of their clients will hold a press conference to discuss in detail the meaning and ramifications of this settlement after it is finalized by the approval of the Mayor and with the signatures of the aggrieved search victims.

For further comment today, please contact: Flint Taylor, 773-616-3736Flint.Taylor10@gmail.com; Robin Shellow, 414-263-4488robin@theshellowgroup.com; Jon Safran, 414-224-0400; Heather Donnell, 312-243-5900heather@loevy.com; or Alex Flynn 414 276-7400.

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