Milwaukee Cop Charged With Conducting Illegal Cavity Searches
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Officer Vagnini conducted a series of illegal probes of the rear ends of suspects at gun point from February 2010 to February 2012.
Three other officers stand accused of watching Vagnini’s actions but not intervening.
“Vagnini is alleged to have performed all of the searches,” the paper reports. “The three other officers are accused of witnessing Vagnini’s actions and not stopping them or reporting them to a supervisor.”
In one incident, a man who had gone to check on his aunt’s home came outside to find his vehicle surrounded by police cars. Vagnini put his bare hand down the man’s pants, touched his man parts and searched his rear, according to a complaint. When the man pulled away, Vagnini put him in a choke hold. Vagnini then told the man to “stop resisting.” Two other officers held his arms and one put a gun to his head, the complaint alleges.
Vagnini then claimed that he found crack cocaine stuffed in the man’s rear end, but the man insists there was no cocaine there prior to the search.
Vagnini also is alleged to have repeated this practice during routine traffic stops.
The Milwaukee Police Department knew about the illegal searches for “a couple of years,” but was waiting to address them “until authorities recognized a pattern.”
Vagnini and the other officers are on paid leave while the internal investigation and criminal case unfolds.
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