Three Milwaukee police officers disciplined after women accused them of on-duty sexual misconduct continue to wear the badge, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One of the officers, Scott Charles, served a 60-day suspension and has since been promoted to sergeant. The other two, Reginald Hampton and Milford Adams, were fired but reinstated after appealing to the civilian Fire and Police Commission, which has the power to overturn punishments imposed by the chief.
Recently fired officer Ladmarald Cates – accused of raping a woman after he responded to her 911 call in July – hopes to use the same appeals process to get his job back. Like the other three, he is accused of using his police authority to prey on vulnerable women. Carmen Pitre of the Sojourner Family Peace Center said abusive officers are particularly dangerous to victims. They cast a shadow of doubt on the good work done by the rest of the force, she said. “Police officers have a lot of power in their hands and when they abuse that power, we have to take a very firm stand on that not being acceptable,” she said.