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Lawyers for Joel Acevedo's family to file a lawsuit for the release of body camera footage, 911 call

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 13:32:57-04

The Milwaukee police officer charged in connection to the death of a 29-year-old man was virtually in court Monday.

Michael Mattioli's preliminary hearing has been adjourned until Aug. 31. Mattioli is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Joel Acevedo.

The attorneys met briefly at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Mattioli's attorney appeared via Zoom, to reschedule the hearing. Following the brief meeting, attorney B’Ivory Lamarr said a lawsuit will be filed today in Acevedo’s case. The lawsuit will seek for 911 calls and body camera footage to be released.

“We believe there are two other individuals who are responsible for the death of Joel Acevedo who have not been brought to justice who should be in proceeding such as the one today,” said Lamarr.

The family believes through releasing the tapes it will help paint a better picture of what transpired.

"The Acevedo family and myself have seen that footage and we are outraged that these other two individuals have not been brought to justice and we believe it’s in the public’s interest to see and hold other officers accountable," said Lamarr.

On Friday, the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission filed internal disciplinary charges against Mattoli.

Mattioli's attorney called the decision a “sham proceeding.”

Following the lawsuit filing a rally is expected to be held for Acevedo in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse at 4 p.m.

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