Team that will now investigate deadly police incidents in Milwaukee includes members from every department

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MILWAUKEE -- FOX6 News has learned more about the team that will now investigate deadly police incidents in Milwaukee. The team of detectives from across Milwaukee County has been in place for a couple years -- but now, Milwaukee Police Department incidents are on their list of responsibilities.

The West Milwaukee Police Department had a big hand in putting this team together. It includes members of every police department in Milwaukee County -- with the exception of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Dennis Nasci

Dennis Nasci

Dennis Nasci, chief of the West Milwaukee Police Department said the plan was always for the team to eventually handle MPD cases.

"I think it was a stepping stone, if you will," Chief Nasci said.

Nasci said plans for a county-wide team that investigates critical police incidents dates back to 2014 -- shortly after the signing of a state law requiring outside investigations.

Gov. Scott Walker signs law requiring deadly police incidents be investigated by outside agency

Gov. Scott Walker signs law requiring deadly police incidents be investigated by outside agency

"The intent, I think all along, was to have this stood up to be a team that could be used whatever the critical incident was," Chief Nasci said.

Until now, that team didn't investigate Milwaukee Police Department incidents. The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation did.

"I just think the way things have played out here recently, that maybe sufficient motivation, knowing this team is gonna be locally set up here," Chief Nasci said.

44th and Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Specifically, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn has mentioned the Sylville Smith shooting in August as a case where waiting two hours for investigators to arrive from Madison can cause tensions to build with relatives and neighbors.

Nate Hamilton

Nate Hamilton

"I see it as ways to continue to change the band-aid over what I look as a deep wound that continues to get deep," Nate Hamilton, the brother of Dontre Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he's skeptical. The death of his brother was the first incident investigated under the new state law. Hamilton said any investigative team should include someone with no ties to law enforcement.

"Actually have a community person -- to make sure the transparency and documentation of raw statements are impartial to what`s actually being said," Hamilton said.

Officer-involved fatal shooting at Red Arrow Park

Officer-involved fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park

Nasci said no one is better qualified to investigate a critical incident than top detectives -- but he knows that will require trust from each corner of the community.

"We`re not gonna throw our careers away to cover up for somebody that did something they shouldn`t have done," Chief Nasci said.

Officer-involved shooting near 20th and Center

Officer-involved shooting near 20th and Center

When the Department of Justice handles critical incidents, the reports are posted online after a charging decision is made -- including in Milwaukee cases. As of right now, there are no plans for a similar website in Milwaukee County.

Chief Nasci said that's something they will explore.

2 comments

  • Huh !

    There is no winning this one !!!!
    You need people with police training to understand the police position on criminal circumstance and a criminal defense as well as prosecuting attorney for the legal perspective and
    Of course a psychiatrist to explain the officers mindset …. But that won’t work because no one believes the system ! Even if you added laymen to the equation Why Trust Him ? I even pondered using our veterans for this but, there’s been to many remarks about police officers being trigger happy because of there service to our country !
    Even if you could get people to agree to who’s in the group, it doesn’t solve the problem of everybody wanting answers NOW !!!
    SO, Catch-22, Damned If You Do and Damned if You Don’t, The Ultimate No Win Scenario …. SAD !!!

  • J227

    So…how many of these “top detectives” on this mish mosh shoot team are former MPD? Who will the supervisor on scene be and which agency’s investigative procedures and policies will be in place? “We`re not gonna throw our careers away to cover up for somebody that did something they shouldn`t have done,” Chief Nasci said……..if this is a reference to how the Hamilton case was investigated by DCI he is clueless like Flynn. How many officer involved shootings have all the shoot team “top detectives” investigated prior to this team being active? Not many. Good luck!

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