Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have a separate situation. I fucked up big time. But need to handle this the most secret and right way possible.”
Based on the man’s accounts, the hospital staff alerted police, who then contacted Brown. Brown maintained that the sexual encounter did occur but was consensual.
Brown agreed to allow police to search his phone and residence. The phone search turned up nude photos and videos of men having sex with Brown. Police also found two encounters of text messages involving Brown soliciting two male prostitutes.
In August, another man told police that in July he ended up in Brown’s bed naked after a night of heavy drinking.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn described the charges as:
“Extraordinarily disappointing, and casting a pall over the department. It’s altogether awful. It’s grave and we’re treating it as such.”
Brown has been suspended with pay. Brown violated the department’s code of conduct policy and will face disciplinary proceedings. Brown’s bond was set at $100,000, and he is still in jail custody.
Regarding the man he shot, the Wisconsin attorney general says they have body cam footage showing Smith turning towards Brown with a gun in his hand while he was being chased, he doesn’t plan on releasing it any time soon.