Milwaukee Reviews Police Shootings Of 3 Drivers

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Milwaukee prosecutor E. Michael McCann will await the recommendation of an inquest jury before deciding whether to charge police officers in three pending police-vs.-motorist cases, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says.

Three police shootings of unarmed motorists occurred within the past six months, involving a Milwaukee police officer and sergeant and a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police officer. In each case, the shooters claimed they acted in self-defense to stop an assailant from running them down with a vehicle, or to protect their fellow officers.

To date, inquests have been held in two of the shootings, with contrasting verdicts. A jury rejected a self-defense justification June 11 for a university officer who killed a 34-year-old man in February. McCann said he wanted to talk to jurors to understand more about the basis for their decision.

Six weeks earlier, an inquest jury ruled that a Milwaukee police sergeant was justified when he shot and killed a 28-year-old man.

The jury in the pending case will consider whether a Milwaukee police officer Craig M. Nawotka was justified in shooting a 21-year-old man in March who was driving a car toward the officer.


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