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Milwaukee commission rules officers did nothing wrong in arrest of mentally ill man

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission said officers did nothing wrong when they arrested a mentally ill man who died two days later.

Commission director Michael Tobin said there’s no evidence that officers used excessive force, and no policies were violated in connection with the death of 30-year-old John Kriewaldt.

Staff members at Kriewaldt’s group home called police last July, saying he was assaulting them. When officers arrived, investigators said Kriewaldt slapped one of them in the forehead.

The officers then placed Kriewaldt on the ground, handcuffed him, and put him into a squad car – where he hurt his head on a metal divider.

Paramedics were treating the suspect’s head cuts when he stopped breathing. He never regained consciousness, and he died two days after the arrest.