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Continued: 5 black Milwaukee men sue 8 white police officers over illegal strip searches, rectal probes

  • Article by: DINESH RAMDE , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 11, 2013 - 5:10 PM

More recently, a black man died in police custody in 2011 after struggling to breathe and pleading for help from the backseat of a police car. A federal prosecutor and special state prosecutor declined to charge the three white officers who were with the victim, saying the case was too weak to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Justice Department is still reviewing whether it should sue the Milwaukee Police Department for a pattern of civil rights violations. U.S. Attorney James Santelle said Thursday the investigation was still going on, and that nothing was imminent.

Shellow said she was angry that the Justice Department wasn't moving faster to hold Milwaukee police accountable.

"I feel the federal government has abandoned people of color in the city of Milwaukee," she said. "... The citizens of Milwaukee have been subject to sexual assault in the name of the war on drugs."

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