Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Former Milwaukee Police Officer Charged By Feds With Sexual Assault And Civil Rights Violation

Ladmarald Cates

Former officer facing life in prison, if convicted by feds.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 21, 2011

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a federal indictment against former Milwaukee Police Officer Ladmarald Cates, 43. Cates was charged with felony counts of violating a 19-year-old woman's civil rights and using his service weapon during duty to commit sexual assault on July 16, 2010.
The woman made a 911 call in July, while Cates was investigating a brawl at the 1500 block of Center St. He allegedly assaulted the victim and forced her to perform sex acts and oral sex inside a residence, while his partner and her family were outside. When the victim complained to police, they held her for 12 hours before taking her to the hospital to get evidence from the alleged sexual assault.
She apparently begged police to be taken to the hospital for medical help, but it was not until officers from the internal affairs department had finally interviewed her that she received medical attention.
Cates was later fired in December by Police Chief Edward Flynn and the internal affairs department recommended charges. But, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office failed to file charges several times. Cates had prior incidents on his record that the police department failed to terminate him, which should have raised a red flag, according to the victim's attorney.
If convicted, Cates if facing up to life in a federal prison and fines up to $250,000.

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