Two of four MPD officers accused in illegal strip search case ready for trial

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Two of the four Milwaukee police officers charged for criminal misconduct related to illegal strip searches appeared in court Monday, September 23rd for their final pre-trial hearing.

Two other officers have already reached plea deals in this case.

The trial for Brian Kozelek and Jeffrey Dollhopf is set for late October.

The criminal complaint against the officers detailed several instances in which illegal strip searches were allegedly conducted. Many of the allegations began with a traffic stop, leading to a pat down and eventually what prosecutors say were illegal cavity searches.

The complaint details multiple other instances in which the officers accused made illegal strip searches during traffic stops as well as at the District 5 police station. In each of the cases, the officers were allegedly attempting to get drugs they believed were concealed within body cavities on the persons they were searching.