Brown Deer Police officer resigns after shooting trial

Posted at 1:19 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 16:19:25-04

A Brown Deer Police officer, whose trial over the shooting of Manuel Burnley Jr. ended with a hung jury, has resigned.

The Brown Deer Police Department announced the resignation of Devon Kraemer Tuesday. The resignation happened on July 9.

"Officer Kraemer served with the Department for seven years and was unable to return to duty following a 2016 officer-involved shooting and subsequent criminal trial that resulted in a hung jury," the department said in a statement.

The 12 jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict after roughly two-and-a-half days of deliberation. The District Attorney's office decided against a retrial.

"We now have reviewed the transcripts in the case, of the testimony at the trial, and under the circumstances we don’t believe we’d be able to meet our burden of proof in a retrial of this matter," said Chief Milwaukee County Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern at the end of the trial.

Kraemer shot Burnley Jr. once in the back after she and another officer escorted him off a bus near 60th St. & Brown Deer Road in March, 2016. 

Surveillance video from the bus showed Burnley Jr. arguing with the driver. 

Kraemer testified during her trial that she shot Burnley Jr. in self-defense because he was overpowering the two officers during a struggle that ensued once they were off the bus. 

The prosecutor argued Burnley Jr. didn’t pose a significant threat to the officers. 

Burnley Jr., who survived the shooting but lost part of a lung, testified during the trial that he was not resisting arrest.