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Officer files suit against city, Jones

July 02, 2001

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Officer files suit against city, Jones

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July 2, 2001

A police officer, arrested after a 12-year-old burglary suspect accused the officer of assaulting him, sued Police Chief Arthur Jones and the city Monday.

Joseph R. Anderer Jr.'s lawsuit charges that there was no probable cause for his April 18 arrest and that his constitutional rights were violated.

City Attorney Grant Langley said Monday he had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment on it.

According to the suit, officers caught four juveniles the night of April 17. Anderer transported one of the four - a 12-year-old boy - to the 2nd District station, where another officer noticed the youth had "blood running from his nose onto his lip."

The boy said Anderer had hit him; Anderer told the sergeant he did not know how the boy got the bloody nose.

Internal affairs officers arrived later that evening and told Anderer that he was the target of a criminal investigation.

Meanwhile, another officer learned from the boy's mother that he was on several medications.

One of the internal affairs investigators called Jones. Deputy Inspector Charles I. Grisham arrived about 12:30 a.m. April 18 and told Anderer that he was under arrest on accusations of child abuse. He was jailed and held about 11 hours before a judge ordered him released without bail.

Grisham is named as a defendant in the suit, as is Internal Affairs Lt. Detective Mary K. Hoerig, who was present for at least part of the time Anderer was questioned at the station, according to the suit.

Officers who were present about the time the boy was arrested told Internal Affairs Detective Mercedes Cowan, also a defendant, and Hoerig that they did not see Anderer strike him. Neither Hoerig nor Cowan tried to interview two citizen witnesses before Anderer was arrested, the suit says.

News media reported Anderer's arrest and the district attorney's decision June 8 not to prosecute. Jones re-opened the case for further investigation about June 13.

Anderer was ordered to report to work the next day, "but continues to have all police duties suspended and is only allowed to sit behind a desk and perform clerical work," the suit says.

The suit seeks monetary damages.

Appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 3, 2001.

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