MADISON — A state appeals
court has upheld the firing of a Milwaukee police officer
who punched a woman and pulled her out of a police car by
The 1st District Court of
Appeals on Tuesday upheld the 2012 firing of Officer Richard
Schoen for excessive force. Schoen argued the city's Board
of Fire and Police Commissioners did not have the authority
to reconsider its initial decision to only suspend him for
But the appeals court says
the board had the ability to reverse its initial decision
and dismiss Schoen.
Jeanie Tracy was arrested by
Schoen for disorderly conduct following a 2011 traffic stop.
When removing Tracy from his squad car, Schoen punched her
in the head, threw her to the ground and kneed her in the