Milwaukee man accused of killing MPD officer enters 'not guilty' plea

MILWAUKEE, WI - A "not guilty" plea from the man accused of killing Milwaukee Police Officer, Michael Michalski, that's what was entered Thursday during a hearing in a room packed with spectators.   

Jonathan Copeland faces three charges including first-degree intentional homicide, attempt first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon, and waved his right to a preliminary hearing. 

“Is it true that you want to wave your right to a preliminary hearing in each one of your cases,” Cour Commissioner, J.C. Moore asked. 

"Yeah," Copeland responded.  

Copeland’s lawyer also entered a not guilty plea. 

“I acknowledge receiving the information," he said. 

"I waive the readings and enter a not guilty plea," he continued. 

Michael Crivello, Milwaukee Police Association president, watched the proceedings with a heavy heart lamenting on how difficult of a year this has been for the department as a whole. 

“We appreciate the support of the entire community to help us through probably the two most difficult months of many of our career," Michael Crivello said. 

Copeland’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 28. 

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