MILWAUKEE — Michael Mattioli entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment hearing on Tuesday.
Mattioli was virtually present for the hearing on charges related to the April death of Joel Acevedo.
Also on Tuesday, Mattioli resigned from the Milwaukee Police Department, the FPC and Mattioli's attorney tell TMJ4 News.
#BREAKING: Michael Mattioli's attorney confirms to me that he has resigned from @MilwaukeePolice. He was on suspension following the death of Joel Acevedo. Mattioli is charged w/ Acevedo's death after investigators say he placed him in a chokehold that went too far @tmj4 pic.twitter.com/zu14yp5IM1— Lauren Linder (@lauren_linder) September 8, 2020
Mattioli is facing a reckless homicide charge in relation to the death of Joel Acevedo back in April. Mattioli reportedly held Acevedo on the ground in a chokehold during an argument. Acevedo died from his injuries a week later. Mattioli is a Milwaukee police officer and was off-duty at the time of the incident.
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Mattioli is suspended from the Milwaukee Police Department pending an investigation.
In addition to the charge against Mattioli, Acevedo's family filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department, demanding body-cam video and the recording of the 911 call.
A scheduling conference was set for Oct. 30.
Mayor Tom Barrett issued a statement, saying: “Given the resignation of Officer Mattioli today, I am pleased Milwaukee taxpayers will no longer be responsible for paying his salary. I’m hopeful for a quick resolution of this entire matter and confident justice will be served for everyone involved in this case.”