February 18, 2020

GTW Attorney hired by Stinson family: ‘The family wants to know what was going on in the squad’

UPDATE: In a TMJF interview, Attorney Mark Thomsen has one word to describe how the family of Ceasar Stinson is dealing with his unexpected death.

“It’s devastating,” said Thomsen.

The 47-year-old was hit and killed at 10th and State on January 25th. The other driver involved was Milwaukee County Deputy Joel Streicher.

“A tragedy completely preventable … we should not be having this conversation. Ceasar Stinson should be here. Period,” said attorney Thomsen.


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Three weeks after a crash involving a deputy that killed 47-year-old Ceasar Stinson, few details have been released about what led up to the crash.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at North 10th and West State Streets on Jan. 25. The deputy was driving an unmarked squad car at the time of the crash. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy as Joel Streicher.

Stinson was pronounced dead at the scene. Stinson worked for Milwaukee Public Schools since 2002, most recently as a legislative policy specialist, and was well known in the community. 

“I think the family wants to know what was going on in the squad,” said attorney Mark Thomsen.

Thomsen says he has been hired by the Stinson family.

“I was retained to represent them with respect to pursuing a wrongful death claim against the deputy,” said Thomsen, “After being retained, I had discussions with the district attorney’s office and I found out the deputy ran a red light.”

The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating the crash. So far, the department has not released any details about what led up to the crash, including if Deputy Streicher ran a red light.

Read more about the case here.