EXCLUSIVE: Milwaukee Police release personnel files of disgraced officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown
CBS 58 News has requested and received the personnel files of Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee Police Officer at the center of days of unrest after the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith in Sherman Park last August.
The documents include 16 use of force incident reports.
These reports do not mean he did something wrong but experts say they could be used in any future criminal or civil case.
Here's the breakdown:
From the time Heaggan-Brown joined the force in 2013 through March of last year, he was involved in eight incidents where force was used.
Then, in a span of 2 1/2 months, there were eight other times where he used force. That was between the middle of April, 2016 through the end of June, 2016.
6 weeks later, Heaggan-Brown shot and killed Sylville Smith on August 13th.
While some legal observers say defense attorneys would seize on what some described as \"existing tensions\" in the neighborhood after a shots fired incident at a local gas station.
Other experts say these documents could be used to show a pattern to incriminate Heaggan-Brown.
One such source, who wished to remain unidentified, tells CBS 58 News that \"If an officer is inclined to have that type of heavy handedness, it doesn't matter where he works. Some tend to now how to push buttons to escalate a situation.\"
It will be a lot for a jury to consider.
Heaggan-Brown's attempt to get a change of venue in the first degree reckless homicide case was recently denied.
The charge based on body camera video (which has not been made public) that prosecutors say shows Smith had tossed his weapon over a fence when he was shot by Heaggan-Brown who was chasing after him.
The shooting was followed by days of unrest.
Some businesses that burned down, still haven't returned.
Heaggan-Brown is also facing separate charges of sex assault of an intoxicated person and prostitution.