A Milwaukee cop has been given only four days suspension after he illegally detained a woman for not telling him he what he wanted to know. The officer has since resigned effective Aug. 30 but prior to that, he was found to have violated the department’s code of conduct more than four years ago. That officer, Todd Borchardt, was hired by the department in July 2011 on a part-time basis. In May 2012, he moved to full-time status. The Milwaukee cop tendered his resignation following an internal investigation according to Police Chief Michael Hartert.
Borchardt was being investigated over a reckless driving complaint he responded to. The complaint stated the vehicle in question possibly belonged to an employee of a group home. When he followed up on the complaint at the group home, the supervisor of the group home refused to ID the driver. The supervisor, a woman whose name was redacted in the report, spoke with her manager who informed her not to release that information. The supervisor told Borchardt she could not release the information, but that someone would release it the following day. The supervisor then entered the facility to attend to another matter.
Not one accustomed to being told no, the Summit Police Department cop followed the supervisor into the group home and asked the supervisor to identify herself. When she refused, Borchardt handcuffed her and escorted her out the facility and into the back seat of a squad car. He told the supervisor she had 10 minutes to divulge the information or she would be “arrested for obstructing, taken to jail, subject to a cavity search, placed in an orange jump suit and forced to provide information.”
After being detained by the cop, the supervisor sent a text message to her manager explaining the situation. The manager then gave her permission to release the driver’s name. The cop than released the woman after getting the information. The woman claimed that she was left with bruises and scratches to her left upper arm when Borchardt grabbed her and placed her in handcuffs.
On Aug. 1, 2014, during an interview with Lt. Steven Schroeder about the incident, Borchardt said he used “subterfuge.”
The Milwaukee cop has had several “questionable” interactions with the public. In 2012, Borchardt was given a written reprimand for parking a squad car in a Pick ‘n Save driveway directly on top an arrow indicating inbound traffic. Because of obstructed vision due to bushes, a vehicle struck Borchardt’s squad, causing substantial damage to both vehicles. No injuries were reported at the scene.
On June 15, 2018, Borchardt failed to report for duty during an OWI grant shift. Borchardt later took responsibility for failing to report for duty and was issued a minor infraction.
Borchardt has resigned from the Summit Police Department allowing him to find work at another police department. He is your textbook definition of a gypsy cop.