Brown Deer police officer charged in March shooting

Posted at 3:38 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 23:10:08-04

BROWN DEER -- A Brown Deer police officer has been charged in a shooting earlier this year.

Officer Devon Kraemer has been criminally charged with aggravated battery with use of a dangerous weapon for her role in the shooting of Manuel Burnley Jr. back in March.

"Mr. Burnley looks forward to justice being served for him, and he and our office are pleased that the District Attorney's Office has finally issued the criminal charges for the police officer's actions related to this horrific incident," a statement from Burnley's attorneys reads.

According to Burnley's lawyers, he remembers police escorting him off a Milwaukee County Transit System bus in March following a verbal altercation. Seconds later he was on the ground, in the process of being handcuffed, when he was shot.

According to a notice of injury filed in July, Burnley asked the officers what had happened after he was shot.  One allegedly responded with a racial slur.

"As with any officer-involved shooting, the Brown Deer Police Department recognized that criminal charges were always a possibility. We fully understand and accept the need for this high level of scrutiny within the criminal justice system," Brown Deer Police Chief Michael Kass said.

If convicted, Kraemer faces up to 20 years in prison.

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