Milwaukee police

Students and graduates of the theater program at UW-Milwaukee are helping Milwaukee police learn how to respond to people with mental illness, who are in distress. The actors present training scenarios at the police academy and instructors walk officers through how to best respond.

There have been cases, including in Milwaukee, when police have shot and killed mentally ill individuals as interactions have spun out of control.

The MPD, on Monday, terminated officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown who was arrested earlier this month on accusations of sexual assault.

According to the department, an internal investigation found that Heaggan-Brown violated the Milwaukee Police Code of Conduct. It states in part that, “Whether on or off duty, department members shall not behave in such a way that a reasonable person would expect that discredit could be brought upon the department, or that it would create the appearance of impropriety or corruptive behavior.”