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Milwaukee officer accused of reckless homicide resigns

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer who pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a man during a fight at the off-duty officer’s home has resigned.

Police Sgt. Sheronda Grant confirmed Tuesday evening that Michael Mattioli had stepped down from the department. Mattioli had been on paid suspension following the death of Joel Acevedo last April.

Earlier Tuesday, Mattiolo entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment held virtually in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The 32-year-old officer is accused of using a chokehold on Acevedo during the fight causing his death six days later.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was among those who called for Mattioli’s termination. Barrett said late Tuesday that he was pleased taxpayers will no longer be responsible for paying his salary.

In addition to the charge against Mattioli, Acevedo’s family filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department, demanding body-cam video and the recording of the 911 call.

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