Detective Gómez Jr. is facing a lawsuit from former inmate for striking him while in custody for murder.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 13, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, a jury found Milwaukee Police Detective Rodolfo Gómez Jr., 48, not guilty on both felony counts, for misconduct in public office, including excessive use authority and for abuse of a resident of a penal facility. Gómez Jr. had been suspended with pay until the outcome of the case.
He was accused of beating Deron Darnell Love on August 14, 2013 while handcuffed during an interrogation about his son’s murder. Gómez Jr. was charged in October 2013 with two felony counts for the incident.
Gómez Jr. was caught on video surveillance in the interrogation room punching Love in the upper body. Gómez Jr. was removed from the room by another officer who witnessed the beating. Gómez Jr. came back in with several Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies to move Love into another cell.
Gómez Jr. is also seen grabbing Love’s head and bringing it down to knee him, according to the criminal complaint.
Love who was charged with two felony counts for first-degree reckless homicide and neglect in the death of his 7-year-old son was taken to a hospital for treatment after the incident. On September 12, 2014, a jury found Love not guilty on both counts.
On October 14, 2014, Love filed a lawsuit against Gómez Jr. for striking him while in custody in 2013, the next hearing is scheduled for March 12.