MPD dismisses illegal home search complaint
MILWAUKEE- An internal investigation clears some Milwaukee police officers accused of searching a house illegally.
The complaint accused officers from District 5 of violating the Fourth Amendment by illegally searching a man's house. Marvin Ealy documented what he felt was wrongdoing and filed complaints with both the police and fire commission and MPD.
MPD has cleared those officers involved.
Ealy accused officers from District 5 of breaking down his back door and forcing their way inside.
Ealy shared his concerns and fears with TODAY'S TMJ4 back in April, weeks after he filed complaints with the professional performance division and the police and fire commission. He claimed nine officers violated his rights when they came inside his house without a warrant and searched for hours.
"I think the system let me down," said Ealy. "These people were supposed to be here to protect me. I didn't feel protected in their presence."
This week, internal affairs sent Ealy a letter informing him MPD's investigation "found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of their officers"
Currently, seven officers and a supervisor from District 5 still have their police powers stripped as internal affairs and the district attorney look into several complaints the officers did illegal strip searches.
Some of those still under review, like Sgt. Jason Mucha, are the same ones who came into Ealy's house. Despite his documented proof, Ealy fears this sets a precedent of what's to come.
"I think they're going to find all those officers justified in what their doing. They're not going to give you a reason as to why they're justified...Just like this letter they didn't give me a reason why," exclaimed Ealy.
While the internal investigation found no wrongdoing, the police and fire commission says its investigation is still under review. As for the district attorney's office, they plan to meet with Ealy Friday. Milwaukee police did not respond to TODAY'S TMJ4's request for comment on this story.