Sen. Taylor's son 'terrified' after MPD run-in

Posted at 8:16 AM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 09:16:13-05

MILWAUKEE -- State Senator Lena Taylor says her son is terrified after a run-in with Milwaukee Police.

Sen. Taylor says her 16-year-old son was running to a neighbor's house to deliver a turkey when he was stopped by officers.

Taylor says he put in the back of a squad car and questioned. On her Facebook page, she called the incident "an unwanted rite of passage for my son."


Milwaukee Police told TODAY'S TMJ4 in a statement that the stop was lawful, and only happened because the department was "conducting a targeted deployment" in the area to address recent robberies.

"After the media brought Taylor’s concern to the attention of the Milwaukee Police Department, we reviewed the body worn camera footage of the field interview of Senator Taylor’s teenage son," Sgt. Tim Gauerke said.

"The officers were conducting a targeted deployment to address robberies in the area of the field interview.  MPD reached out to Senator Taylor and discussed the circumstances surrounding the officers lawful field interview."

Sen. Taylor posted about the experience on Facebook Monday:

How outrageous! I sent my son to deliver a turkey! Literally a HALF a block away to a constituent and he gets STOPPED...

Posted by Lena C. Taylor on Monday, December 21, 2015