Frank Jude, shown hospitalized in 2005, testified to hearing racial slurs as he was beaten by off-duty Milwaukee officers. Officers' cooperation was a major challenge and key to the eventual convictions of seven former police officers in the case...Police Brutality are crimes and murders that are committed by our Government against poor, black the voiceless Americans in the framework of the law..Harris triggered outrage in the city of Milwaukee.
In 2006 , when a Milwaukee jury did not convict three local police officers on battery charges for a beating in which Jude was kicked in the head and stabbed in both ears, the public fury intensified. A demonstration followed the verdicts, which Mayor Tom Barrett characterizes as a breakdown of the justice system.
Law enforcement and legal analysts say the cases â which federal prosecutors refiled under different charges and won earlier this year â underscore the difficulty in winning convictions against officers.
Such cases, in which officers are accused of using excessive force to violate victims' civil rights, are plagued by problems with victims' credibility, a lack of strong physical evidence and the "code of silence" adopted by some officers who refuse to testify against others in their ranks.
Police given benefit of doubt
David Allred, who prosecuted misconduct cases at the Justice Department for more than three decades, says the prosecutions almost always involve juries who are predisposed to believe the police rather than the victims.