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Milwaukee officers plead no contest, guilty to illegal strip search charge

Published On: Jul 12 2013 05:35:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2013 05:50:04 PM CDT
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Two of four white Milwaukee police officers accused of conducting illegal strip searches of black suspects has pleaded no contest.

Online court records show Jacob Knight entered a no contest plea Friday to a misdemeanor charge of conducting an illegal body cavity search. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

Another officer has now reached a plea agreement after pleading guilty to the same charges.

Knight's attorney did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment.

The plea comes two days after five men sued the city of Milwaukee, its police department and eight officers for conducting or permitting illegal strip searches. The lawsuit says the men were subjected to humiliating rectal probes.

In Wisconsin, police officers are prohibited from doing any sort of cavity searches.

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