Newly Unsealed Audio Contradicts Former Walker Aide’s Version Of Raid

Police Read Archer Her Rights In 2011 Search, Audio Shows


A newly released audio recording contradicts claims by a longtime aide to Scott Walker about the way police officers searched her home as part of a now-closed John Doe investigation.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first uploaded the audio to its website Tuesday morning, after an attorney for Milwaukee County prosecutors who are being sued by Cindy Archer submitted the audio in federal court.

Archer had claimed the prosecutors did not let her read the search warrant for her home. However, the audio recording shows an investigator spent nearly six minutes reading the warrant to Archer, and then offered to explain it.

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“Why don’t you go over to the table and get some composure, and you and I can sit down and I explain a little bit more if you have questions,” the investigator says to Archer at one point.

Archer’s complaint also says officers screamed at her and forbade her to leave her house, but in the recording, an investigator offers to let Archer get coffee and a cigarette, and he goes outside with her.

“I imagine being woken up at 6 in the morning by a bunch of people in black suits is not the way you want to wake up,” he says.

The John Doe investigation in question was closed years ago. Archer was not charged.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally an Associated Press story. It has been replaced with reporting by Wisconsin Public Radio.