49-year-old former Milwaukee police detective facing up to 10 years in federal prison for assaulting handcuffed prisoner in interrogation room.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 15, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, former Milwaukee Police Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 49, pleaded guilty in federal court for assaulting a man that was handcuffed in a interrogation room at the downtown Milwaukee County Jail. U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad reported that Gomez, Jr. pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Pamela Pepper of the Eastern District of Wisconsin to depriving an in-custody suspect of his civil rights under color of law in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 242.
In connection with his guilty plea, Gomez admitted that he repeatedly punched the victim in the face and head and kneed him in the torso, all while one of the victim’s hands was handcuffed to a wall in an interview room. Gomez stopped punching and kicking the victim when a police lieutenant who heard yelling entered the room. In pleading guilty, Gomez acknowledged that the force used was unreasonable and that the victim suffered bodily injury.According to the federal indictment, Gomez Jr. was accused of beating Deron Darnell Love on August 14, 2013 while handcuffed during an interrogation. Gomez Jr. was caught on video surveillance in the interrogation room punching Love in the upper body. Gomez Jr. was removed from the room by another officer who witnessed the beating. Gomez Jr. came back in with several Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies to move Love into another cell.