Trial begins Monday for officer accused of using excessive force

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Rodney Lloyd

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A trial begins Monday, April 7th for Rodney Lloyd, a Milwaukee police officer facing one count of misconduct in public office.

Investigators say Lloyd went too far this summer while handling a man who was in custody.

That unlawful act is alleged to have happened on June 16th at the District 2 headquarters. According to the criminal complaint, Lloyd was booking a man who was in custody following a domestic incident. The complaint states Lloyd was escorting the man into the booking room when surveillance video showed Lloyd “forcibly drive” the man’s head “into the concrete block wall.”

The video also recorded sound. When the man asked Lloyd why he did that, Lloyd allegedly said it was because the man had earlier said something “to the effect that he could take Lloyd out.”

An Internal Affairs investigation concluded Lloyd had used excessive force. The information was sent to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office which then charged Lloyd.

If convicted, Lloyd could face up to $10,000 in fines and three-and-a-half years in prison. He’s due back in court on November 12th.