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Eight Wis. Officers Being Fired Following Man's Beating at Party

May 24, 2005
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Eight Wis. Officers Being Fired Following Man's Beating at Party

MILWAUKEE- Eight police officers will be fired following a man's beating last fall by off-duty police officers at a party, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes police sources as saying those being fired include the three officers facing criminal charges for their roles in the attack _ Jon Bartlett, Daniel Masarik and Andrew Spengler.

The other five officers being fired either joined in or witnessed the attack without trying to stop it, the police sources said.

Frank Jude Jr., 26, said he was viciously beaten Oct. 24 by a group of men who identified themselves as off-duty officers and accused him of stealing a police badge and wallet. He said the men punched, kicked and choked him while using a racial slur.

Jude is biracial; all eight officers being fired are white. No badge was found on Jude and he was never charged with theft.

Police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz told The Associated Press on Tuesday the department wasn't finished disciplining officers and she doesn't know specifically who has been disciplined.

Spengler, Masarik and Bartlett have all pleaded not guilty to charges of being party to substantial battery. Bartlett and Masarik also are charged with party to second-degree recklessly endangering safety. Masarik faces a third count of perjury.

Attorney Bridget Boyle-Saxton said Bartlett was notified Monday and plans to appeal.

"It is a little disheartening to think that the department has determined he is guilty when right now he is only alleged to have engaged in criminal activity," she told The Associated Press.

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