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    Officer: I arrested alleged beating victim on suspicion of theft

    By Emanuella Grinberg, Court TV
    Wed Apr 5, 4:21 PM ET


    (Court TV) A police officer told jurors Thursday that he arrested Frank Jude, an alleged victim of police brutality, because he suspected Jude had stolen a fellow officer's badge from a house party.

    Testifying in the trial of the three men accused in Jude's beating, Milwaukee Police Officer Ryan Packard said that he followed his instincts as a trained officer when, after questioning Jude, he grabbed him and took him to the ground so he could arrest him.

    Packard testified he left the scene when he was confident that others had Jude under control, and denied seeing any of the physical violence that civilian witnesses have described.

    The incident landed Jude in the hospital with a broken nose and bruises, cuts and lacerations all over his body. Jude denies he stole the badge, which was never recovered.

    Of the roughly 15 off-duty officers who were at the party, only the party's host, Andrew Spengler, and co-defendants Jon Bartlett and Andrew Masarik were charged with substantial battery for the bloody beating.

    Even so, the incident caused a major shakeup in the Milwaukee Police Dept., after many officers failed to come forward, giving rise to allegations of a cover-up within the force.

    Packard and 12 other officers were either suspended or dismissed for their roles in the incident.

    Packard testified he immediately noticed Jude and his friend, Lovell Harris, when the two black men followed two white women into the party.

    "They were standing very close to each other and didn't appear to know anybody," said Packard, who attended high school with Masarik and went through the police academy with Masarik and Spengler.

    Packard told jurors he watched the men disappear behind a wall leading to Spengler's bedroom.

    But it was only later, when Spengler announced his badge was missing from his bedroom, that Packard said he suspected the two men.

    "I made the determination to detain subjects so we could find the badge," he testified.

    Packard, who was suspended from the force for failing to report information relevant to the investigation, said Jude put up a slight struggle as he and Bartlett attempted to get him to the ground.

    "He was resisting in the beginning, but when we got him down, he didn't seem to be resisting immediately," Packard said. "He still posed a danger but wasn't an immediate threat."

    His testimony contradicted statements from other officers at the scene, who claim that Jude violently resisted arrest and seemed an immediate threat to their safety.

    Packard also denied that he punched or kicked the defendant, in contrast to Tuesday's testimony from former officer Jodi Kamermayer, who said she saw Packard and Masarik punch Jude to the ground.

    Testimony resumes Wednesday afternoon. The trial is being streamed live on the Web at Court TV Extra.

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    Police witness describes how fellow officers beat an unarmed man

    By Emanuella Grinberg, Court TV
    Thu Apr 6, 5:10 PM ET


    (Court TV) A police witness in the trial of three former Milwaukee officers broke into tears Thursday while testifying about the treatment she received from colleagues after she implicated the white defendants in the alleged beating of a biracial man.

    "I was repeatedly called a rat. I had doors slammed in my face," Officer Nicole Martinez Belmore told jurors as she wiped away tears. "I lost a lot of friends; people who spoke to me for 12 years wouldn't come to me."


    Belmore testified in Milwaukee District Court Thursday that the apparent retribution began shortly after she reported seeing off-duty officers Jon Bartlett, Daniel Masarik and Andrew Spengler on top of alleged victim Frank Jude, when she responded to a theft call outside Spengler's home at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2004.

    Other off-duty officers who attended a party at Spengler's home that evening have testified that soon after Jude arrived, he was accused of stealing Spengler's badge from his bedroom.


    While the other officers have testified that they saw the defendants attempt to detain the combative suspect while they waited for uniformed officers to arrive, nearly all of them have stopped short of claiming they witnessed the brutal beating Jude claims he was subjected to.


    But Belmore testified Thursday that even after Jude was handcuffed, she saw Bartlett kick the 26-year-old male stripper twice in the head as he lay in the street. She also said she saw the officer hold a knife to Jude's neck and threaten to kill him if he did not give up the badge.


    Belmore claimed Masarik told her, "I'm sorry you have to see this," before proceeding to raise Jude's leg and kick him twice in the groin, causing him to writhe in pain.


    The stoic witness turned emotional when she testified how, after the defendants' booking photos were released, someone at the police department stuck copies of them with hearts drawn on them all over her locker.


    She also recalled that once while patrolling alone, she called for police backup, but no one came.


    "I was the senior-most officer on the shift, and I was just treated horrible," she said between sobs.


    Cross-examination of the witness resumes Thursday afternoon. The trial is being streamed live on the Web at Court TV Extra.

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    A Smile

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    It enriches those who receive it,
    without making poorer those who give.
    It takes but a moment, but the memory
    of it sometimes lasts forever.

    None is so rich or mighty that he
    can get along without it,
    and none is so poor but that
    he can be made rich by it.

    A smile creates happiness in the home,
    fosters goodwill in business,
    and is the countersign of friendship.

    It brings rest to the weary,
    cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
    and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.

    Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,
    or stolen, for it is something that is of no
    value to anyone until it is given away.

    Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
    Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile
    so much as he who has no more to give.

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    Second uniformed officer recalls police violence against man in handcuffs

    By Emanuella Grinberg, Court TV
    Fri Apr 7, 5:42 PM ET


    (Court TV) A police witness in the battery trial of three Milwaukee officers was the second uniformed officer to accuse the defendants of kicking and punching an unarmed theft suspect even after the man was handcuffed.

    The testimony of Milwaukee Police Officer Joseph Schabel Friday and his partner, Nicole Martinez Belmore, on Thursday, followed four days of statements from several off-duty officers who testified that they did not witness any inappropriate physical violence toward the alleged victim, Frank Jude.

    Lawyers for defendants Jon Bartlett and Andrew Spengler claim their actions fell short of criminal behavior when they attempted to detain Jude, who they believed had stolen Spengler's badge during a party in his home.

    Co-defendant Daniel Masarik is expected to take the stand and claim he was on the phone with his wife in Spengler's home when the incident occurred.


    In a case that prosecutors claim was plagued from the start by a so-called "blue wall of silence" from uncooperative and untruthful officers, even Schabel, the state's key witness, admitted that his version of events had changed several times since the Oct. 24, 2004, incident.


    As the first squad on the scene, Schabel told jurors that he did not tell the supervising sergeant that he witnessed Bartlett and Masarik kick Jude in the head as he lay face-down in the street, with two sets of handcuffs on his hands behind his back.


    The five-year veteran of the force also admitted that he was not immediately forthcoming during an interview with Internal Affairs about allegedly seeing Spengler punch the 26-year-old stripper for fear of retaliation from members of the force.


    "I definitely didn't want to say everything that I saw," Schabel testified. "I was very concerned about my family."


    Schabel testified that when he responded to the scene on a call about an uncooperative suspect, he immediately considered Jude a combative suspect as he struggled against Masarik, Bartlett and Spengler, who were holding him down.


    Schabel admitted that he personally punched Jude in the shoulder with two "focused strikes" to gain control of his arm so he could cuff him.


    But even after they succeeded in handcuffing Jude, Schabel testified he saw Masarik and Bartlett take turns kicking Jude in the head, followed by punches to the head from Spengler.


    But under cross-examination, Spengler's lawyer, Michael Hart, asked Schabel if it he ever considered whether he was responsible for Jude's injuries, and suggested the possibility may account for the change in his story.


    "If you were to be held responsible for the injuries to Mr. Jude, that would have a pretty big effect on your family also?" Hart asked.


    "Yes, it would," Schabel testified.


    Cross-examination resumes Friday afternoon. The trial is being streamed live on the Web at Court TV Extra.

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    A Smile

    A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.

    It enriches those who receive it,
    without making poorer those who give.
    It takes but a moment, but the memory
    of it sometimes lasts forever.

    None is so rich or mighty that he
    can get along without it,
    and none is so poor but that
    he can be made rich by it.

    A smile creates happiness in the home,
    fosters goodwill in business,
    and is the countersign of friendship.

    It brings rest to the weary,
    cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
    and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.

    Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,
    or stolen, for it is something that is of no
    value to anyone until it is given away.

    Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
    Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile
    so much as he who has no more to give.

    - author unknown

 

 

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