Hero Cop Gives Free Prostate Exams

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Mike Riggs posted the following on Oct. 10, 2012 at Reason.com:

Pictured at right (see here) is Michael Vagnini, the Milwaukee Police Department officer facing charges for aggressively fingering suspects’ anuses. At gunpoint. Until they bled.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Vagnini and three others are facing criminal charges stemming from a series of illegal rectal searches Vagnini vigorously conducted between February 2010 and February 2012. “Vagnini is alleged to have performed all of the searches,” the paper reports. “The three other officers are accused of witnessing Vagnini’s actions and not stopping them or reporting them to a supervisor.” A total of 32 of their police colleagues testified against the four men. How ethical of them to wait only two years to speak up!

Here’s a brief rundown of Vagnini’s exploits:

In one case, a man had gone to check on his aunt’s house in the 3500 block of N. 10th St. When he came outside, his vehicle was surrounded by squad cars. Vagnini put his bare hand down the man’s pants, touched his scrotum and inserted fingers into his anus, the complaint says. When the man pulled away, Vagnini put him in a choke hold that caused him to slobber onto Vagnini’s arm. Vagnini repeatedly told him to “stop resisting” as he pulled back so hard on his neck his feet almost left the ground, the man said. Two other officers held his arms and one put a gun to his head, the complaint says.

Vagnini claimed he found crack cocaine inside the man’s anus, but the man insisted it “was not on him prior to the search,” the complaint says.

In another search, Vagnini conducted a traffic stop near N. 12th and W. Locust streets, the complaint says. Vagnini handcuffed the driver and asked him for “the drugs.” The defendant denied having drugs but actually had hidden drugs inside his anal cavity, according to the complaint.

Vagnini put the suspect in a chokehold from behind, released him and then stuck his gloved hand inside the defendant’s underwear, “shoving his fingers deeply into the defendant’s butt crack and possibly into the defendant’s anus,” the complaint says.

The man was screaming, and as a result of Vagnini’s actions the man was bleeding from the anal area for several days, the complaint says.

Here is a fun fact: It is illegal in Wisconsin for a police officer to perform a cavity search, regardless of what probable cause he may have to believe that a suspect is hiding things in his cavities. Here is another fun fact: Three of the four officers charged in the investigation have official reprimands on their records for “for failure to be civil and courteous toward the public,” “unsafe vehicle operation” (twice), and “failing to honor a subpoena.” They were, in other words, problem cops who should have been fired or placed on desk duty ages ago.

Here is the most fun fact: The Milwaukee Police Department knew about the illegal searches for “a couple of years,” but waited to do anything about them “until authorities recognized a pattern.”

In accordance with Milwaukee’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, all four officers are on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal hearing that will occur alongside the criminal trial.

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  1. Officer “Vagnini”.. You think he might have changed his name by now? maybe he’s just angry at his ancestors. Maybe he should have chosen better parents?

    In any case, if he’s so good at inexplicably “finding” drugs up anuses EVERY TIME, he should get a job at the airport. People regularly shit cocaine there and, he’ll be able to continue with his fetish – lawfully, unfortunately.

    I bet we could all think up far more appropriate punishments for this, um.. “man”.

  2. should be charged with rape, put in gen pop. there his anus will be violated regularly.

    but they won’t, at worst tehy will be fired, no jail time and probably still get part of their pension.

    • Anyone who participates in the “war on (some) drugs” deserves to dance on air… as someone else so wonderfully put it.

      It’s sickening.

      When I converse with people who support “tossing” the homes and cars of people who possess/use “drugs” (that is, substances decreed unlawful by fiat) these same people invariably drink beer, wine and liquor. Often they have quite the collection. I have asked whether they think it’d be proper for their home/vehicle to be “tossed” in search of those substances? Why don’t they send the black clad ninjas to do no-knock raids on micro-brew operations and wineries? Oh, that is different! Really? How is it different? Well, pot (and other arbitrarily illegal drugs) ruin lives! They cause crime! I think I see. So, if the guy who drove the truck that brought the Budweiser to the store later went home and got drunk and beat his wife, then beer should be outlawed too… right? And, after all, everyone knows how many deaths result from drunk driving… That’s different. Oh. Uh… how, exactly? No answer. It “just is.”

      • Bingo! I’ve had the exact same “debates”. You can see how the air turns cold, lips purse, and words get more strident as reason gets thrown under the bus of blind angry ignorance.

      • ‘It’s different’… I suppose I sound like a broken record but laws are explained by one simple statement. “Laws are for those bad people over there”.

        It will always be that those people over there can’t control themselves. Those bad people over there will harm themselves or others. They can’t be trusted. People will even be for laws that criminalize their own behavior because the cop will only use it against bad people.

        The war on some drugs is all about laws to use on bad people. Civil asset forfeiture. Trust the cops to only use it on bad people. Imagine Mr. Clover on his way to buy a classic car. He has $12,000 in cash on him. He gets pulled over and the cop finds it and takes it. Oh the stink Mr. Clover will raise. But ask Mr. Clover if cops should take the drug dealer’s money, he’ll vote for that every time. Even after the episode with the 12 grand. Because he just ran into a ‘bad’ cop.

        Hell I’ll bet there are many people out there like Barry (our dear leader) who smoked pot or something else or still use it even but are in favor of the prohibition… why? They can handle it but those people over there… they can’t.

        The more I think of it, I believe that is the fundamental basis of the law among the serfs. Controlling those bad people over there.

        • Well of course. They’re always on the prowl for foreign “devils du-jour” to justify the abuse at home. It being all for your own good and all.

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