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Commission changes mind about firing Milwaukee cop who punched woman

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission has changed its mind about not firing an officer who punched a woman in the face while she was handcuffed.

The panel unanimously decided to terminate Richard Schoen, after elected officials and a number of citizens questioned the commission’s earlier vote in favor of a 60-day suspension.

Police Chief Ed Flynn originally made the decision to fire Schoen, who assaulted Jeanine Tracy in September of last year. She got into an argument with the officer after she was stopped for a traffic violation – and a squad car video showed Tracy spitting and swearing before Schoen punched her, dragged her out of the car, and hit her stomach with his knee after she landed on the floor of a police garage.

The fire and police review panel voted 2 to 1 last week to overturn the chief’s decision to fire Schoen. But a final written order was never prepared – and it paved the way for the commission’s new reversal.

Schoen’s attorney said the commission was required to uphold the 60-day suspension, even though it was never finalized in writing. 

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