Federal authorities have started a criminal investigation of a fired Milwaukee police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he responded to her 911 call in July, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Former officer Ladmarald Cates admitted to internal affairs investigators that he had sex with the woman, who called police because teenagers were trying to kick in the door of her home, say police records obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Cates, who gave conflicting stories to department officials, for lying and for “idling and loafing” – because having sex on duty is against department rules. Cates has appealed his dismissal. The woman's account suggests the system designed to protect the public from rogue police officers broke down at several levels. The woman called 911 for help, but when police arrived she was victimized repeatedly – sexually assaulted, mistreated by backup officers and then jailed on trumped-up charges when she refused to remain silent, said her attorney, Robin Shellow.