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4 Milwaukee cops to stand trial for illegal strip-searches

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Four Milwaukee police officers are scheduled to go on trial next April 29th for illegally strip-searching criminal suspects, and checking their cavities for illegal drugs.

Officers Michael Vagnini, Jeffrey Dollhopf, Brian Kozolek, and Jacob Knight entered not guilty pleas Thursday to a total of 33 charges.

Vagnini is the main suspect. He’s charged with 25 counts of illegal strip searches, sexual assault, and misconduct in public office.

The charges were filed last month, after a secret John Doe investigation. Prosecutors said that in one case, two officers held a suspect’s arms while another held a gun to the man’s head – and a fourth officer put on a choke-hold which searching the man’s buttocks for drug evidence.

Another suspect claimed that he bled from his rectum for several days after police searched it.

All four officers are due back in court December 17th, where pre-trial requests will be considered. 

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