The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has been posting fliers on Milwaukee's east side warning residents regarding an accused sex offender. Duane Fish is charged with three counts of fourth degree sexual assault for allegedly groping women along Milwaukee's lakefront. Following a court appearance on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, Mr. Fish was released on $500 bail pending another court hearing on December 19, 2012. In response, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke ordered his deputies to post the fliers warning people that Mr. Fish is out on bail. Some have raised concerns that posting the fliers is a violation of Mr. Fish's civil rights. As part of its report on the story, Fox 6 Milwaukee spoke to Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. civil rights attorney Jonathan S. Safran, who told the television station that, because the fliers contain public information and state that Mr. Fish has been "accused" of crimes, the fliers likely do not violate Mr. Fish's civil rights. "From a public safety standpoint, I can certainly understand and appreciate the fact that the public should be made aware of it. The only question I would have is why this case, versus many others," Attorney Safran told the station. For video of the Fox 6 report, including the interview of Attorney Safran, please see the Fox 6 website here.
The civil right attorneys of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. have extensive experience in civil rights cases, including matters of police brutality and illegal searches. We represented Frank L. Jude, Jr. in his civil rights lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee, after Mr. Jude was brutally beaten by several City of Milwaukeepolice officers. We obtained a $2 million settlement for Mr. Jude, one of the largest settlements for a civil rights case in Wisconsin history. We have numerous other claims pending both in Federal Court and pre-suit for police excessive force, illegal vehicle searches, illegal home searches, illegal strip searches and illegal body cavity searches.