Milwaukee Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Chokehold Death

Michael Mattioli Charged With Reckless Homicide In Death Of Joel Acevedo During House Party Fight

Milwaukee Police Department Squad Car
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A suspended Milwaukee police officer has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a man during a fight at the off-duty officer’s home in April.

Attorneys for Michael Mattioli entered the plea during an arraignment held virtually Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The 32-year-old officer is accused of using a chokehold on Joel Acevedo during the fight causing his death six days later. Defense attorney Michael Hart says Mattioli will argue self-defense.

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