ATF, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s SWAT team and Milwaukee police are the subjects of an investigation by the Wisconsin’s DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation involving the death of a wanted 40-year-old suspect.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
December 19, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Bruce James Young, 40, died after an unmarked ATF van struck him while he fled on foot from U.S. Department of Justice Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s SWAT team and Milwaukee police. According to a civilian dashcam video recording of the incident released to Fox 6 News Milwaukee, Young is seen running Northbound on S. 34th Street from authorities and trying to cross W. Greenfield Ave. as a driver going Westbound on W. Greenfield Ave. was recording on a dashcam and caught the whole incident by chance. The video shows Young crossing W. Greenfield when a fed van followed him and then just struck him. On impact, Young fell and died. Not one officer or ATF agent attempted to render aid to Young while on the ground.
One source says, an officer told her that they couldn’t get close to Young’s body because the ATF believed he was wearing an explosive device, if true. It would have been a bad decision for a fed van to strike him and ignite the explosives.
According to information released by the State’s DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (DOJDCI), the ATF requested the investigation due to an officer involved death and claimed that Young died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound, but it isn’t clear yet how Young actually died. Young was seen holding a handgun to his head as he eluded arrest by the ATF, but then was struck by an unmarked ATF van as he was crossing W. Greenfield Ave.
At least 15 to 17 law enforcement officers including ATF agent’s, police and deputies participated in the tactical incident gone bad.
Did police, deputies and the ATF have body cameras and dashcams mounted on vehicles? Some Sheriff’s vehicle have dashcams and are turned on when sirens and red lights are turned on. Some Milwaukee police officers also carry body cameras and some vehicles had dashcams as well.
The claim that Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound is difficult to accept due to being struck by a fed van as he fled. Did the ATF killed young and is trying to blame the death on Young himself?
Did Young unintentionally fired his weapon on himself when he was struck by the ATF van?, if so, it wouldn’t be classified as a self-inflicted gunshot wound as the ATF wants the public to believe, but rather homicide by intentional use of a fed van to cause death by impact.
The State’s DOJDCI did confirm that the ATF and assisting law enforcement agencies were attempting to serve a felony warrant for illegal possession of explosives when Young eluded authorities and the incident ended with his death.
According to Wisconsin court records, Young was a convicted felon and had multiple traffic violations. The feds haven’t confirmed, if Young was a federal felon as well.
Was Young’s death caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound or homicide by the ATF? The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing their own investigation as well to determine cause of death.
Local media reported the incident as strange, but neighbors including some members of the community are not accepting just yet the ATF’s claim that it was just a self-inflicted gunshot wound death simply because the civilian dashcam video shows otherwise and is horrifying that a ATF van intentionally struck Young as he attempted to cross the street.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office when contacted would only say that the incident on December 15 at the 3400 block of W. Greenfield Ave. is under investigation by the DOJ’s DCI. The Milwaukee Police Department has not released any statement concerning an officer involved death in Milwaukee’s Southside.
Video of cop van striking Young at link: https://youtu.be/1bcfpuewrGE
Update: Nenita Borjas posted on her Facebook account that with the help of some members of the Southside community neighborhood and others who requested to stay anonymous were able to reach the family of Bruce J. Young who was actually killed after a unmarked ATF van struck him as he fled arrest. The ATF who was the leading agency in the incident claimed that Young had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but a civilian dashcam video captured the moment when a fed van struck Young hard and on impact, Young then fell and died in outdoor freezing conditions without any officer immediately rendering aid.
An attorney has been acquired by the Young family to look into Young’s death and seek an inquiry from law enforcement agencies involved in his death.