Brandon Johnson's family rallies against police misconduct

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by Becky Mortensen
by Stephanie Brown

MILWAUKEE --- Family and friends of Brandon Johnson rallied at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex Saturday to raise awareness about police misconduct.

Johnson died of a broken neck at he health facility in October. Family claims Johnson's death was a result of police misconduct.

The crowd that gathered was small, but their voice and message was that Johnson's family wants someone held accountable for his death.

"My son didn't deserve none of this, he was tortured, my son was tortured," Alicia Johnson, Brandon Johnson's mother said.

It's still unclear how Johnson's his neck was actually broken and if his plea for aid was ignored by the health complex staff.

"Whether if he fell and broke his neck on his own or if someone broke his neck, he begged and he cried for days for someone to take him to seek help," Kamesha Taylor, Brandon's aunt said.

"These are the people that are supposed to be protecting us and watching over us," Tory Lowe, a supporter of the family declared at the rally.

While the family awaits a ruling on whether there was negligence on the part of the complex and if any charges will be filed, they say they won't stop fighting for Brandon.

Family has been told that Brandon's complaints of being unable to walk were attributed to his mental illness and weren't taken seriously. They later found out he was paralyzed inhibiting his movement.

"He died a horrible death," Taylor added.

"They killed my son, they lied to me and I just want justice to be served," Alicia Johnson said.

Family says they don't want this to happen to anyone else and would like to see negligent homicide charges filed.

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