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Sunday, August 07, 2022

Madison police officer placed on leave after video circulates allegedly showing officer committing a sexual act in a squad car

A Madison police officer was placed on administrative leave late Thursday evening after the Madison Police Department received a video allegedly showing the officer performing a sexual act in the back of a squad car.

The officer shown in the video has since been identified by MPD; however, no information has been released regarding the identity of the officer or the district he was assigned to.

The incident in question took place at the Farm and Fleet located at 2022 Stoughton Rd. on Thursday at 4 p.m. where Madison resident Marcel Scott noticed two people seemingly engaged in a sexual act in the back of a squad car and began to record.  

Scott described the officer as an older, bald, Black male with a mustache and the woman as being between the ages of 20 and 30 with blue hair. Madison Police have since declined to confirm or deny the description of the officer. 

In a statement to the Wisconsin State Journal, Scott clarified that he took the video in order to act as a “statement of look what our tax dollars are going to,” and to show that “it’s dirty within the justice system as well.”

Police Lieutenant Michael Richardson has since released a statement indicating that Madison police are committed to reviewing the incident in a transparent manner.

“MPD is taking this matter very seriously and is committed to transparency and upholding the public’s trust,” Richardson said to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway released a similar statement, voicing her support for the MPD.

“We are taking this matter very seriously,” Rhodes-Conway said in a public statement. “The incident is under investigation and I support Chief Barnes in his efforts to be as proactive and transparent as possible while holding MPD officers to the highest standards.” 

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