Milwaukee alderman investigated for misconduct
- Associated Press
- December 20, 2013 - 5:10 PM
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee alderman is being investigated for allegations that he used illegal tactics to force two sex offenders out of his district.
A search warrant suggests investigators are looking into whether Alderman Jim Bohl committed misconduct in office by targeting a landlord with code violations after the landlord refused to evict the sex offenders.
The search warrant seeks Bohl's phone and email records, as well as those of his aide and a housing inspector. The document indicates investigators were looking for evidence of misconduct in public office and threats to injure or accuse of a crime, both felonies.
Bohl released a statement Thursday saying he's disappointed the allegations were made public before a full examination of the facts was completed. He added that he's cooperating with investigators.
Bohl met with neighbors in October who were upset that two sex offenders were moving into a nearby house, court documents said. A week later, the city issued several code violations against the house's landlord requiring repairs costing $20,000 to $40,000, according to WTMJ-TV.
The warrant alleged that Bohl apologized to the landlord for having to play "hardball" but the "guys needed to go."
The landlord later agreed to keep the sex offenders out, and he asked what would happen with the code violations.
Bohl replied, "They will magically be lost," according to the warrant.
Bohl, 42, is serving his fourth full term representing the 5th Aldermanic District, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He most recently won re-election in April 2012.
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