The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday approved two settlements in police brutality cases.
One authorizes the payment of $100,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Deron Love, a homicide suspect who was handcuffed to a wall when he was beaten by a Milwaukee police detective in 2013.
Video of the incident shows former police detective Rodolfo Gomez striking Love several times. Love had one hand cuffed to the wall during an interrogation about the death of his infant son. He was charged in his son’s death and was acquitted at trial. He is serving 26 years in prison on convictions for human trafficking and kidnapping, court records show.
The Common Council also approved a $160,000 payment to settle a lawsuit brought by Rafael Rosales, who was handcuffed when he was kicked in the head by a Milwaukee police officer in 2017 after fleeing a traffic stop.
The kick by former Officer Michael L. Gasser left Rosales with a broken nose, and he later had an epileptic seizure, according to the complaint filed in federal court.
Aldermen did not discuss the cases before voting.
The council also approved a resolution that authorizes issuing to Rule Enterprises an exclusive right to negotiate a purchase of the former Johnson’s Park. The mixed-use development would feature affordable apartments. The former amusement park is known for its 16-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture.
“We are finally at the starting point where we can really start … actualizing, manifesting what we have been imagining for so long,” Ald. Chantia Lewis, the measure’s sponsor, said. “This is a site that is fulfilling a need.”
The entire plan will be unveiled in the coming months.
Lewis also spoke to the council before it unanimously adopted a resolution allowing the sale of land in order to develop “tiny homes” as housing for homeless veterans. The resolution allows the sale of seven acres at North 60th Street and West Green Tree Road.
“It will be an amazing project with a community garden as well as a community center, but it will serve a housing purpose for our veterans,” said Lewis, a veteran herself.
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Published at Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:19:00 +0000