|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2005|
||Press Secretary Carlene Orig|
Mayor Barrett Statement on Milwaukee Police Officer Charged with Criminal Civil Rights Violation
Milwaukee-- "The charges issued today by United States Attorney Biskupic send a clear and serious message that police officers may not abuse the power of their office and disregard the laws, rules and regulations which govern the department's operations. The Police Chief does not tolerate such behavior, I don't tolerate such behavior and neither do the citizens of Milwaukee.
The allegations against Mr. Awadallah, as documented in the criminal complaint, are a great disservice to all Milwaukee Police officers who work hard and put their lives on the line every day.
Any officer who holds him or herself above the law and abuses the rights of our citizens violates the fundamental principles of serving the public good and does great damage to the public trust.
I thank Chief Hegerty and her staff from the Provisional Performance Division for taking quick investigative action and for engaging and cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office."