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Milwaukee Cop Who Punched Handcuffed Woman in Face Reinstated Thanks to Police Bill of Rights

Reason – by Mike Rigs

Milwaukee Cop Richard Schoen was fired in May of this year after his superiors saw a dashboard-camera video that shows Schoen climbing into the backseat of his cruiser to repeatedly punch a handcuffed woman in the face. He’s now getting his job back despite the objections of Milwaukee’s police chief and mayor.

According to a FOX 6 story published upon the video’s release, Schoen arrested Jeanine Tracy for being “argumentative and us[ing] profanity” during a traffic stop. While in the backseat of the police cruiser, she yelled and stomped her leg, complaining that it hurt.

Upon arriving at the station, Schoen tried to pull Tracy out of the backseat of his cruiser by her shirt. When Tracy refused to move, Schoen went around to the other side of the car, climbed into the backseat, and began punching Tracy in the face. Schoen then dragged her out of the backseat of his cruiser by her hair. All of this was captured by Schoen’s dash cam. (What was not captured, the department says, is Schoen kneeing Tracy in the stomach after getting her out of the car.)

Department higher-ups wasted no time firing Schoen for his behavior.

“The evidence was very strong and there was no reason to delay,” Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn told FOX 6 in May. “We took appropriate action, and now it will be in the hands of the review authorities.”

Ah yes, “review authorities.” Wisconsin, like almost every state in the country, has a special bill of rights for cops (read more about Police Bill of Rights here). One of the privileges it provides officers is a mandatory review of their termination; in this case, by Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission. And do you know what that review concluded? That Schoen gets his job back.

From yesterday’s report by Milwaukee’s NBC 4:

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office told TODAY’S TMJ4 they got the case last year and they also consulted with the U.S. Attorneys office.

Both decided that no criminal activity took place.

One of three commission panel members voted to fire Schoen.

The others voted to suspend him for 60 days.

City officials are understandably upset:

“They got it wrong,” said Alderman Willie Hines, who can’t believe the decision.

“I think it sends a bad message both to the community and to the members of the Milwaukee Police Department,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

“This type of behavior should not be tolerated.”

Barrett backs the chief’s call and thinks the commission should have, too.

“They’ve got a difficult job and they’re making some difficult decisions, but i think this is a case where they got it wrong,” said Barrett.

If you live in Milwaukee, the comission’s verdict says you aren’t safe from your own police department. If you work for the Milwaukee PD, this verdict says not only that you are exempt from internal rules for handling suspects, but also that your boss–the chief of police–is impotent, and that the rule of law does not apply to you. Those are pretty terrifying messages to be disseminating in a city that’s still reeling from an investigation into a group of cops who routinely sexually assaulted suspects in order to plant drugs.

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12 Responses to Milwaukee Cop Who Punched Handcuffed Woman in Face Reinstated Thanks to Police Bill of Rights

  1. legal eagle says:

    Go ahead “officer”, kick the crap out of whomever you please, commit any crime against the person that you have the urge to and it will be just peachy fine and dandy ’cause we got your back and will make sure nothing you do yo will ever have to answer for.

    And they wonder why “police” do not receive respect. You want respect? You start by giving respect. Thugs in uniform need not apply.

    If the cops are not answerable to anyone then they are open to the same kind of rules of self defense any citizen cares to implement against anyone criminally assaulting them

  2. Whizerd67 says:

    Most violent criminals have more moral value than this SOB cop does. Again, if that were my daughter or wife or other…I go straight for him. Period!
    I would NOT be able to stop myself, because it is, in my heart and in truth, the thing that would need (NEEDS) to be done.

    I hope the chief sends him on a suicide welfare check by himself.*wink wink*

    What really should happen, is the citizens in the district these atrocities occur, need to start making citizen’s arrests. This will continue if something like that isn’t done..or maybe infiltration of HIGHER ups would succeed in toning it down at local level too.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

  3. RobW says:

    When WI guvner scott walker came to office, I bitterly opposed his plan to eliminate public employees unions. Why?, not because trough feeders should be denied bargaining privileges, but because cops (so called law enforcement), were exempt. Their unions are the most parasitic and unreasonable of all. But the mercenaries are a necessity, so we can’t f**k with them, right? I guess… Rob

  4. Scotty says:

    Civil suit waiting to happen. I hope she owns this weasle d#@k’s ass in court and then goes after the Fire and Police Commission with another suit. Best wishes Tracy and make an example of them all!

  5. LoPhatt says:

    Scotty has it right. They should sue the whole lot of them. They need to be tailed by citizens wherever they go. You’re only a victim if you allow yourself to be. Ought to get some bumper stickers made up. “This car contains an abusive thug”. Follow him around and every time he leaves his car paste a new one on there. Or, “honk, I’m an asshole!”.

  6. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    Hopefully these scumbags will all still be in uniform when the SHTF.

    Those shiny badges will make for nice targets.

  7. NC says:

    Haha! OMG, what a sick joke. This country is so outrageously out of hand and is a total police state. It’s completely insane. I mean even the mayor and police chief didn’t want the guy back and thought he did wrong on every level and yet HE STILL GOT HIS JOB BACK AS A POLICE OFFICER!!!!! WTF!!!!???

  8. Travis says:

    Lol, punk pork. My grandfather was a police chief and even though deceased, he’s still a better cop then schlong, oops sorry, schoen……

  9. Keelhaul says:

    You know, The People can always terminate this ‘cop’, if that’s too hard for the city to do.

  10. Denise Chadwick says:

    Yes, I reckon (much against the grain of what i usually believe) that some BRAVE needs to go and take this evil man out because he is a monster.

  11. Whizerd67 says:

    Here’s what strikes me…
    He gets fired….but no criminal charges?
    What was he fired for then?

    He needs to be stalked by citizens, every single minute he is on the job.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

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