“Bizarre” video shows police officer beating teen with baseball bat in the middle of the night

MILWAUKEE — A video released Monday by police in Milwaukee shows a police officer brutally beating a teenage girl who was handcuffed to a chair in the street.

The woman is in critical condition after she was knocked to the ground, where she was pinned by officers while handcuffed, according to a statement from the Milwaukee Police Department.

The officer, identified by police as Matthew J. Schlosser, 28, of the 5800 block of South Lake Avenue, is on administrative leave and is being investigated by the department’s internal affairs bureau, according the statement.

He has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

A bystander filmed the attack on his cellphone.

The video shows a young woman, a 15-year-old girl, being handcuffed by a male officer and being beaten with the bat and baton.

Schloser was wearing a police uniform, police said.

The incident happened about 3:30 a.m.

Sunday in the city’s Wauwatosa neighborhood.

Police said the girl was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

She was handcuffed and had her hands behind her back when the officer struck her in the head with his baton and struck her repeatedly with the baseball bat, according.

The girl was transported to a hospital in critical but stable condition, police reported.

Schloser faces three charges, including third-degree assault, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Milwaukee.

He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

In a statement Monday, the girl’s mother, who asked not to be identified, said her daughter was “a good girl” who had been treated by family members and friends.

She said her son was in the fourth grade at the time of the attack and “never felt unsafe at any time.”

The girl’s grandmother said the family was devastated.

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