UPDATE: Man shot by former Brown Deer police officer testifies during her trial
Updated: 5:45 p.m. on February 16, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – He was seriously injured by shots fired by former Brown Deer police officer, Devon Kraemer. On Friday, he told his side of the story in court.
Manuel Burnley Jr. testified Friday in the trial of Devon Kraemer, the former Brown Deer police officer who shot him during an arrest in March 2016.
Burnley Jr. says he knows he was out of line when he got pulled off a county bus by the officers in March of 2016.
In his words, he wasn’t trying to threaten the officers but was just “trying to get arrested and get it over.”
A big point of question in the trial has been Burnley’s weight. Video shows him removing his shirt when asked to show the court where he was shot. Burnley is about 5’7” and weighs 370 pounds.
Kraemer said because he was so big, she couldn’t fight back when he resisted her arrest.
She said she feared for her life when she shot him in the back.
But Burnley said he didn’t want to kill the police officers.
Burnley is expected to take the stand again on Monday morning.
Updated: 5:20 p.m. on February 15, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A Brown Deer police officer took the stand Thursday to testify in the trial of his former partner, Devon Kraemer.
Officer Michael Leeman was Kraemer’s partner when she shot Manuel Burnley Jr. in March of 2016.
During Thursday’s testimony, the Assistant District Attorney said there are inconsistencies in Leeman’s accounts of what happened the day of the shooting.
What’s at question is Devon Kraemer’s decision to use deadly force. She says she feared for her life when Manuel Burnley Jr. resisted arrest after getting pulled off a bus for disorderly conduct.
Prosecutor James Griffin questioned the difference between statements Officer Leeman made just after the shooting and then slightly different statements he made leading up to the trial.
Prosecutors say Leeman originally told investigators that during a struggle leading up to the shooting, Manuel Burnley Jr. put his hands on his throat but that it wasn’t painful.
The judge has restricted CBS 58 from showing any of the witnesses on the stand. The defense began cross-examining Leeman just before 4 p.m. He’ll take the stand again Friday.
Updated: 5:30 p.m. on February 14, 2018
For more than four hours on Wednesday, a use-of-force expert took the stand for the prosecution, going over with meticulous detail, Devon Kraemer's decision to shoot Manuel Burnley Jr after he resisted arrest.
The state showed surveillance video from March 2016. It shows Burnley Jr. after he was pulled from a Milwaukee County Transit System bus by Kraemer and her partner.
Burnley Jr. is seen acting unruly when a bus driver couldn't grant him a transfer.
Kraemer responded to the bus driver's call for help and removed Burney Jr. from the bus.
Kraemer is accused of shooting Burnley Jr. in the back while he was lying on his stomach during the attempted arrest.
The expert witness called today, Emanual Kapelsohn, is a firearms expert who trains police officers.
Kapelsohn told both the prosecution and the defense attorneys that he believes Kraemer was not justified to shoot Burnley Jr.
"His actions were those of resisting being handcuffed, not of attacking the officers. This is a huge guy. If he wanted to attack them he could have, with his weight alone," Kapelsohn said.
"I mean if I told you that since 2012, 12 officers have been beat to death would you agree on that statistic?" asked Chris Macgillis, the defense attorney.
"I think that's right but that doesn't happen with one punch to the face," Kapelsohn said.
Witness testimony will continue Thursday morning.
Updated: 11:20 a.m. on February 13, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Attorneys in the Devon Kraemer trial continue to work their way through the jury pool Tuesday.
Kraemer is a former Brown Deer police officer accused of unjustly shooting a man after he was removed from a bus for being unruly in 2016.
Prosecutors say Kraemer shot Manuel Burnley in the back while he was lying on his stomach. He survived.
On Tuesday, potential jurors were quizzed on their experiences with police officers, guns, and fitness.
CBS 58 has reporter Julie Parise in the courtroom covering the trial. Stay tuned on air and online for the latest updates in this developing story.
Posted: 2:15 p.m. on February 12, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The trial of a former Brown Deer police officer charged in an officer-involved shooting in 2016 is set to begin Monday.
Former Brown Deer Police Officer Devon Kraemer is charged for a March 2016 on-duty shooting.
She was called to respond to an unruly passenger on a county bus. Prosecutors say they charged Kraemer because she shot the suspect while he was laying on his stomach. Kramer said she couldn’t see the man’s left arm and feared for her life. No weapon was found.
The man survived, but lost part of his lung.
Stay with CBS 58 on-air and online for the latest in this developing news story.