Attorney General Brad Schimel says there is no way to get more information in the 2004 officer involved shooting of Michael Bell, Jr. of Kenosha
Just this past Sunday, the father of Michael Bell Jr., who was fatally shot during a struggle with Kenosha Police in 2004, took out full page ads pushing for a public inquest into what happened that night in the family driveway.
But in a live interview with the CBS 58 News at 4, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said there was no way to bring charges all these years later.
"Unfortunately the attorney general then declined to meet with Mr. Bell," Schimel told CBS 58's Michele McCormack. "Something could have been done at that time."
Michael Bell Sr. is not giving up.
He is using a letter he received from Schimel as a reason to push forward with a public hearing.
"There were so many strong statements that Michael Bell did not need to die," Bell Sr. said of his communications with Schimel. "That the officers at best were mistaken of the facts. At worst they lied. When I have those statements from Attorney General that there is a problem here, that is allowing me to push further. He does tell me that he can't do anything about it because of statute of limitations on perjury. I think he's trying to have both sides."
Schimel maintains that his comments as presented by Mr. Bell were taken out of context.
He said a critical witness, one of the three officers involved in the altercation with Bell, Jr. that night, is dead and that is a hurdle that will be impossible to clear.
"One officer committed suicide," Schimel said. "The primary unknown factors dealt with what was happening with that officer's gun. There is no way for us to get more information on the case."
The Bell family has put together a youtube film that shows inconsistencies between the forensic evidence and that scene and the official account of what happened from the Kenosha Police Department.
The City of Kenosha settled with the Bell family which is not bound by a non disclosure.
Michael Bell, Sr. says even with the settlement and the passage of a law requiring outside agencies investigate fatal officer involved shooting, he still doesn't know what happened exactly when his son was shot at close range in the head while pinned against a vehicle.
To see the earlier interview with Mr. Bell click here