Jury Orders Damages in Milwaukee Strip-search Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal jury has found that Milwaukee police officers violated a man's civil rights by strip searching him in public.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the jury ordered damages of more than a half million dollars.

Forty-year-old Leo Hardy of Milwaukee claimed he was illegally searched in March 2012 by Officer Michael Gasser.

Gasser claimed he did nothing wrong.

Jurors got the case Thursday and were tasked with deciding whether police had reasonable suspicion to search Hardy, and if so, whether the searches were proper.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says the city attorney's office may appeal.

Russell Ainsworth is one of Hardy's attorneys. He said during closing arguments that Hardy was humiliated.


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