MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A fired Milwaukee police officer is due in court Friday, for not telling fellow officers that the father of her child committed a homicide – and her car might have been used.
22-year-old Danielle Scott was charged Monday with misconduct in office, after a felony count of harboring a felon was filed last week.
The father of Scott’s child, Nicholas Smith, is one of three men charged with killing Russell Setum at his mother’s Milwaukee home on April 29th, and robbing the victim of his clothes and custom SUV.
Smith’s mother was injured after being shot while fleeing the scene.
Scott graduated from Milwaukee’s police academy in March, and was still on probationary status when the killing took place. She was fired in early May.
According to prosecutors, Scott reported for duty the day of the incident – but she never told her colleagues about the robbery or that, “A homicide suspect was asleep on her couch.” Instead, authorities said Scott quietly used the police computers to see what her co-workers had learned.
Investigators suspected Scott after surveillance video showed that her car was near the stolen SUV. She apparently claimed she was asleep when Smith came home early that day, and he never said he was part of a murder.
The Journal Sentinel points out that Scott could not have been charged with harboring a felon if she was legally related to Smith. That’s because a state law forbids family members from being charged for not telling authorities about their relatives who are wanted.
There have been several efforts to do away with the law, but they’ve all failed.