June 20, 2018
Hey, look, he just didn’t know.
He should be released. You can’t blame him for not knowing the law, even if his niggardry got a White cop killed.
The accused is Ladell Harrison. Bail was set at $500,000 as he made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, June 12.
Prosecutors say Harrison wasn’t alone during the pursuit that led to the deadly crash of the officers’ squad car on Thursday, June 7.
Investigators say Harrison is a heroin dealer that undercover officers had been tracking for some time after a Waukesha County woman overdosed in 2017. Police had been using criminal informants to build a case — buying drugs through Harrison at least four times.
Officer Irvine Jr., 23, died after the violent crash near 76th and Silver Spring on the city’s northwest side on Thursday evening, June 7. Irvine and his partner, Officer Matthew Schulze, 36, were in pursuit of a reckless vehicle when their squad crashed. Irvine Jr. was a police aide for two years and an officer for nearly two more.
Schulze, who was driving the squad at the time of the crash, was treated and released from Froedtert Hospital.
Towards the end of their interview, Harrison told police, “I thought you guys couldn’t pursue vehicles unless it was a felony.” Detectives told Harrison that had once been the policy, but it had changed. Harrison “did not appear to be aware of the change in pursuit policy.”
Charles Irvine Jr., Matthew Schulze.