Outrage After Violent Officer Gets Job Back

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by Laura Rodriguez
by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE---Just one day after the Fire and Police Commission gave Officer Richard Schoen his job back, local leaders are expressing outrage over the decision.

Chief Ed Flynn fired the nine year veteran of the department for repeatedly striking a handcuffed female suspect. It was caught on squad dashboard camera.

In a 2-1 decision the commission decided Schoen should serve a 60 day suspension and be allowed back on the force.

Alderwoman Milele Coggs suggested that the comission be eliminated or restructured.

Mayor Tom Barrett told CBS 58, "This was a situation where I thought the officer's actions were clearly in violation with the department's policies. I'm also concerned because after the hearing the officer himself said that he felt his actions may have been justified and I don't agree with that. I don't think those actions were justified."

Schoen apologized for his actions and said in the future he would fall back on his training. He said he had learned a lesson from the experience and hoped the female suspect had also learned something.

Attempts to get comment from the woman have been unsuccessful.

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