Today, marks the induction of 41 police recruits into the MPD family. This is the 61st class and the largest in MPD history! Now these candidates will embark upon a rigorous path of training before becoming solo practitioners. The candidates will be sworn in at the Training Center this morning. As is the case from previous years, the current recruit class reflects a diverse group of well-rounded individuals who have extensive academic, work and life experiences. Demographically, the class is comprised 34% women and 22% are persons of color. The average age is 26-years-old and 92% have a Bachelors and/or Masters Degree equivalent.
From the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions (University of Wisconsin Law School), I share information on Party to a Crime: Aiding and Abetting: Defendant Either Directly Committed or Intentionally Aided the Crime Charged. If you were sitting on an empaneled jury, these are the instructions, without all of the complex "legalese" that the Judge would read prior to going into jury deliberations.
Statutory Definition of the Crime – Party to a Crime: Aiding and Abetting: Defendant Either Directly Committed or Intentionally Aided the Crime Charged, as defined in §939.05 of the Criminal Code of Wisconsin, as whoever is concerned in the commission of a crime is a party to that crime and may be convicted of that crime although that person did not directly commit it.
Two Ways in Which Defendant Can Be a Party to a Crime: The State contends that the defendant was concerned in the commission of the crime of (name crime charged) by either directly committing it or by intentionally aiding and abetting the person who directly committed it. If a person intentionally aids and abets the commission of a crime, then that person is guilty of the crime as well as the person who directly committed it.
Definition of Aiding and Abetting: A person intentionally aids and abets the commission of a crime when, acting with knowledge or belief that another person is committing or intends to commit a crime, (he) (she) knowingly either:
- Assists the person who commits the crime; or
- Is ready and willing to assist and the person who commits the crime knows of the willingness to assist.
To intentionally aid and abet (name crime charge), the defendant must know that another person is committing or intends to commit the crime of (name crime charged) and have the purpose to assist the commission of that crime.
State's Burden of Proof – Party to a Crime: Before you may find a defendant guilty, the State must prove by evidence which satisfies you beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant directly committed the crime of (name crime charged) or intentionally aided and abetted the commission of that crime.
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:00 a.m. on 05/28/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 05/29/2018, MPD received 388 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 388 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (55), East (90), Midtown (47), North (67), South (29), West (65), and Other (35). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".
1) MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto – 10:12 a.m. Officers responded to N. Rosa Rd for a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside. Attempt to locate aired. The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.
2) EAST: Crash – 10:57 a.m. Officers responded to Hwy 12/CTH AB for a two-vehicle crash. Both vehicles had extensive damage. Several individuals were treated for minor injuries at local hospitals. One driver was cited for failure to yield.
3) SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 12:44 p.m. Officers responded to Cypress Way for a report of a subject wandering around in the building, banging on doors, armed with a knife and acting "crazy". The subject (54-year-old WM) was contacted and suffers from long-term mental health issues. The knife was recovered. There were no reports of injuries. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and subsequently to Winnebago on an emergency detention order.
4) EAST: Disturbance – 12:49 p.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a disturbance involving multiple individuals. No injuries were reported. The primary aggressor was identified (18-year-old AAF) and arrested for disorderly conduct.
5) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 3:36 p.m. Officers responded to the 200 block of State St regarding a subject on the sidewalk drinking beer, playing a guitar for money and being loud. Officers arrived and found two subjects who were competing for performance time in the same vicinity. One of the subjects (66-year-old WM) refused to leave the area and had open intoxicants. This subject was conveyed to jail to post for a city ordinance citation for open intoxicants. No charges were substantiated for the second subject (65-year-old AAM).
6) SOUTH: Missing Adult – 4:58 p.m. Officers responded to a south side residence for a report of a missing adult (64-year-old AAM). Attempt to locate aired. The subject was entered as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.
7) WEST: Juvenile Arrest – 5:36 p.m. Officers responded to Strathmore Ln for a fight in progress. The victim (14-year-old AAM) reported receiving text messages from a former friend asking him to meet up. The victim and suspect (15-year-old AAM) met up. The suspect pulled a knife on the victim and took the victim's phone. The suspect fled and the victim chased him. The victim contacted police. Officers arrived and did not initially locate the suspect. The suspect was located and the suspect fled from officers but he was apprehended. The suspect was conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center and charged with armed robbery. Investigation continuing.
8) EAST: Juvenile Complaint – 7:03 p.m. Officers responded to a complaint that a child (10-year-old WM) refused to leave his friends home and return home. Contact was made with the juvenile and his parents. The juvenile made some accusations against his parents about child abuse. The reported abuse has not been substantiated at this time. The juvenile was returned home. Child Protective Services notified. Investigation continuing.
9) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 7:12 p.m. Officers responded to a north side residence where a roommate/suspect (57-year-old WM) was causing a disturbance. The victim (65-year-old WF) reported that the suspect had been drinking all day, knocking repeatedly at her door and threatening her with physical violence. The victim did not sustain any injuries. The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived. Once located, the suspect will be charged with domestic disorderly conduct. Investigation continuing.
10) EAST: Check Person – 8:03 p.m. Officers responded to the 3800 block of E. Washington Ave to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (36-year-old WM). Areas checked. The department's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was utilized to look for the subject. The subject was located and not found to be suicidal. A safety plan/resources were put into place. No further action by the police deemed necessary at this time.
11) EAST: Check Person – 9:38 p.m. Officers responded to MacArthur Rd reference a juvenile (15-year-old WM) threatening to harm himself and his family. The juvenile was conveyed to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted. The juvenile was left in the care of medical staff and his parent/guardian.
12) WEST: Disturbance – 9:45 p.m. Officers responded to the 6500 block of Raymond Rd for some sort of disturbance that could be overheard in the background. Responding officers located the apartment and found the door to be open but no individuals were located. Investigation continuing.
13) EAST: Armed Robbery – 10:29 p.m. Officers responded to a bar on Atwood Ave for an armed robbery of two victims (34-year-old WM and 33-year-old UM). The two victims reported being approached outside the bar by two suspects (AAMs) with handguns who robbed them of their cell phones and wallets. No injuries reported. Investigation continuing.
14) MIDTOWN: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 2:17 a.m. Officers responded to the area of Orchard Drive for multiple callers who reported shots fired. Officers located seven (7) shell casings on the roadway near Orchard Dr/Gregg Rd. One residence was found to have two (2) bullet holes in it and a spent round in the driveway. No injuries were reported. Investigation continuing.