Mayor Barrett calls for MPD Chief Morales to fire officer charged with homicide

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling on Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales to terminate an officer accused of homicide. 

"Given that the District Attorney’s investigation led to very serious criminal charges, it’s clear that those charges would overwhelmingly support charges under the code of conduct supporting discharge," Barrett said in the letter. 

Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Mattioli, a 13-year member of the department, was charged in the death of 25-year-old Joel Acevedo. Investigators say the two were involved in an altercation at Mattioli's home on April 19 -- who was off-duty at the time -- and Acevedo was left unconscious. Acevedo died less than a week later. 

Mattioli was charged with first degree reckless homicide more than three weeks after he was arrested. 

Read Barrett's full letter to Chief Morales below: 

Chief Morales responded to Mayor Barrett Wednesday afternoon, saying in part that the authority to render any discipline on Mattioli now falls on the Fire and Police Commission as they've taken over the investigation. Read the full response below:

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