MILWAUKEE — A judge’s shockingly merciful ruling over an officer charged with 25 counts of assault and sexual assault has sparked national outrage.
Many Americans argue that the ruling is an example of extreme injustice and even racism within the court system.
Officer Michael Vagnini gruesomely molested at least a dozen victims one of whom was a 15-yr-old boy, according to reports.
Vagnini would sometimes be assisted by his partners in uniform.
His partners would hold guns to the victims’ heads or otherwise restrain them as Vagnini violently assaulted their testicles and anuses, according to complaints.
As if the sexual abuse were not enough, many believe they were motivated by racism.
This is because officer Vagnini is white and targeted only black males, according to reports.
The reported molestations were so sadistic that many media outlets did not cover the story.
Vagnini and his partners would stop the victims for “tinted windows” or suspicion of “not wearing a seatbelt” and then begin sexually assaulting them, according to allegations described in court documents.
Vagnini would often use “searching for drugs” as an excuse. The Journal Sentinel documented several cases.
One victim, Jerold Ezell, was parked in front of his grandmother’s house when officer Vagnini approached his car with a loaded gun drawn, according to the documents — the details of which we share below (warning – graphic):
Vagnini started by feeling Ezell’s scrotum. Then, Vagnini inserted his fingers between Ezell’s buttocks.
Once he drove his fingers in between Ezell’s buttocks, Vagnini began clawing at his anus.
Vagnini attempted to penetrate Ezell’s anus as his partners watched.
Another victim, LLR, was pulled over by Vagnini and officer Gasser.
Vagnini put the victim in a chokehold and “violently” penetrated his anus as Gasser observed.
Another victim, SC, was stopped near his home. Vagnini approached him with a gun drawn and began grabbing his testicles with his bare hands.
Vagnini would routinely use his bare hands to penetrate the victims’ rectums, according to reports.
In one case, Vagnini is said to have used his fingers to penetrate a victim’s anus so violently that the victim’s anus began bleeding.
In another case, Vagnini is said to have probed two men with his bare fingers, penetrating one and then immediately penetrating the next without washing his hands.
One victim reported that Vagnini’s partner held a gun to his head while Vagnini felt his scrotum and fingered his anus.
Despite 25 counts of assault and sexual assault, a judge has rocked the nation by assigning Vagnini a little over 20 months in jail after a plea deal.
The judge even voided out Vagnini’s sexual assault, allowing Vagnini to escape registration as a sex offender.
Robin Shellow, a representative of one of the victims, stated that the arraignment was racially problematic, according to the Journal Sentinel.
But the Assistant District Attorney, Miriam Falk, claims that it was not racist, discriminatory, or insulting to the African-American community, despite the fact that only blacks were targeted.
As for Vagnini’s partners, they have been charged with misconduct and being party to a crime. They are scheduled to appear in court in June.
In the meantime, they have not been fired. They are suspended and still receiving paychecks — made possible by Americans who are forced to fund their careers.
Michael Steinle, who is Vagnini’s attorney, claimed that Vagnini just wanted to “stop crime,” but that he simply “didn’t cross all the T’s and dot the I’s.”
According to the complaints, the sexual abuse occurred over a period of two years; the “searches” were done illegally without a warrant and often without gloves.