Sherman Park case officer's record shows troubled history

Focus of Sherman Park unrest last summer

The Milwaukee police officer at the center of the unrest in Sherman Park last summer is also charged with raping a different man.

The TODAY'S TMJ4 I-Team obtained Dominique Heaggan-Brown's police record Friday. Heaggan-Brown is the former Milwaukee Police officer charged with shooting and killing Sylville Smith. In a separate case, he is charged with raping a different man, which allegedly happened after he sat in a bar watching the unrest unfold in Sherman Park on television.

Inside the 81-page document reads the story of a troubled young officer. After joining the Milwaukee Police Department in July 2017, Heaggen-Brown spent years working toward becoming a police officer, which he did in 2013.

But, since 2011, Heaggan-Brown's police record shows he had 19 allegations of violating the MPD code of conduct in 15 separate incidents. That includes eight allegations since January 2016 we can't see because they're still under investigation or part of a court case.

The allegations we can access all refer to the "Integrity" and "Competence" sections of the Code of Conduct. The most recent allegation available is from January 2016. He was accused of "association with persons involved in criminal behavior" and "behavior that could discredit the Dept." In 2013, Heaggan-Brown was accused of associating with convicted felons and failure to be honest and accurate in an administrative inquiry.

Some of the listed allegations were found "not sustained," according to the records, but many resulted in correction within the department. During his time as an officer, Heaggan-Brown was suspended for a traffic violation, reprimanded for failing to "safeguard property" and he received a demerit for not following a city ordinance.
 

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