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Ex-Milwaukee detective pleads guilty to rights violation

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee police detective has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a handcuffed suspect by assaulting him.

Forty-nine-year-old Rodolfo Gomez Jr. entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors says Gomez admitted he repeatedly punched the suspect in the face and head and kneed him in the torso while one of the suspect’s hands was handcuffed to a wall in the police interview room in August 2013.

In pleading guilty, Gomez acknowledged that he used excessive force and that the suspect suffered bodily injury.

Gomez was fired from the department. Last year, a jury in Milwaukee County acquitted him on felony charges of misconduct in public office and abuse of a prisoner.

Gomez’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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