Cates Pleads Not Guilty

10/1/11 – Fired Milwaukee police officer Ladmarald Cates pleads not guilty to two felonies in federal court. Cates is charged with raping a woman after he responded to her 9-1-1 call last July. Cates is accused of violating the woman’s civil rights while acting under the color of law and using a firearm in the commission of an act of violence. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. A trial date hasn’t been set and Cates is free on his own recognizance. Cates has been prohibited from having any contact with the victim or any witnesses in the case.