Protesters on Thursday want for the TKE frat house members to be prosecuted for allegedly drugging women at parties.
By H. Nelson Goodson
September 26, 2014
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, more than 100 people, including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) students demanded for authorities to prosecute members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity house for allegedly drugging women during parties. The protesters believe the drug used on some women were date rape drugs, because some women claimed that they don’t remember what had happened to them after taking a drink at the frat on Oakland Ave.
The TKE frat house members held a party on September 13, when police raided the party 3321 N. Oakland Ave., they found at least 41 under age teens in the basement where beer and alcohol was present and available to them for consumption, according to police. Several women were hospitalized after drinking and believed they were given a date rape drug. Police continue to investigate the date rape drugging allegation on some women at the TKE frat house.
The TKE frat house president, Thomas L. Kreinbring, 28, was taken into custody and charged with two felonies, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (200-grams of THC), maintaining a drug trafficking place (grug house) and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a presicription drug (Aderrall) without a prescription. He posted $5,000 signature bond and is expected back in court on October 4 for a preliminary hearing.
Police on September 16 executed a warrant and found two bags of marijuana, Aderrall pills, pipes, a digital scale with THC residue and sandwich bags at Kreinbring’s room. Aderrall is a prescribed drug, which he had in his room, but had obtained it without a prescription.
Kreinbring confessed to police that the marijuana was for his personal use, but if a frat member wanted to buy some he would sell it to them.
The TKE frat house was investigated in April after three women alleged that they were sexually assaulted while attending a party. Shorewood police investigated the allegations and no charges against any member of the TKE frat house was charged.
The national TKE stripped the the TKE in Milwaukee of its membership charter and the UWM administration also suspended its charter.
According to Sunshine Alliades who posted on Facebook ‘Take the Night Back UWM’, “The Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity of UW-Milwaukee is responsible for drugging unsuspecting females at their parties. This is just a sick perpetuation of the rape culture we live in. The members of that fraternity deserve more than just a suspension of affiliation from the university and an “investigation” conducted by UWM police. This kind of response does nothing to end the disease that is rape culture. We need to let these destructive individuals know that this kind of behavior is not tolerated at all. No more turning a blind eye. Time to send a clear message and warning to the rapists at Tau Kappa Epsilon, and everywhere else.”
The protest was organized and hosted by End Rape-Culture at UWM.
Thomas L. Kreinbring