Milwaukee misconduct cases raise 'code of silence' questions

By Kevin Johnson

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The beatings of Frank Jude and Lovell Harris triggered outrage in the city of Milwaukee.

Last year, 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.

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