MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (FPC) issued a ten-page public statement on Friday, October 5th regarding the investigation into the homicide of 13-year-old Darius Simmons. It says officers with the Milwaukee Police Department did not violate procedures during that investigation.
Simmons was shot and killed, allegedly by John Spooner, Simmons' neighbor, in a southside Milwaukee neighborhood on May 31st. Simmons was standing on the sidewalk in front of his home when he was confronted by Spooner. Spooner apparently demanded that Simmons return his stolen shotguns. Simmons responded that he did not have the shotguns. Investigators say Spooner then shot Simmons two times.
Simmons' mother, Patricia Larry, and brother were standing nearby when the shooting took place. Mrs. Larry was placed in a police car. His brother was arrested for municipal warrants.
After concerns were raised about how police handled the crime scene and dealt with the victims' family, the FPC conducted an investigation of its own.
The FPC report concludes the following...
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