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Flynn Chafes at Oversight

It seems that someone is uncomfortable with someone looking over his shoulder.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said he’ll change the department’s chase policy but is not promising to meet all of the conditions set by the city’s Fire and Police Commission.

“I was taken aback by the level of detail this directive engaged in. I’ve never seen anything remotely like that,” Flynn said. “And I was appalled by the threat of discipline that was appended to it.”

Flynn, defiant and at times exasperated, sounded off on the commission’s rare directive and looked toward his future during a brief interview Friday after he unveiled the department’s new ice cream truck.

The commission, a civilian oversight board, has ordered Flynn to change the policy so officers can chase vehicles on a to-be-created “high-value target” list of vehicles used in rolling drug houses, a practice explored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as vehicles that have fled from police at least twice before.

The board also wants the policy to allow officers to chase fleeing vehicles when officers have probable cause the vehicle engaged in “excessively reckless driving.”

Milwaukee Leaders Bemoan Their Failed Policies

Let’s see… they advocate lenient sentencing – particularly on juveniles – and enact a “no chase” policy for stolen cars. Did they not expect any consequences?

Another stolen vehicle, another crash. Another fatality.

This one involved a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy who was driving a stolen Toyota Camry when it T-boned another car at N. Port Washington Road and W. Capitol Drive on Saturday morning.

It is part of a dangerous trend in Milwaukee that drew condemnation from Mayor Tom Barrett on Sunday afternoon at the District 3 police station, where he and other city leaders spoke out against the rise in car thefts, carjackings and crashes involving stolen vehicles.


In the six weeks before Milwaukee police created a task force on Dec. 1 to investigate the skyrocketing number of carjackings and stolen vehicles, a total of 94 cases were reported, said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. Since last March, nine people have been killed in crashes involving stolen vehicles.

Just last week, Milwaukee police arrested 14, including 10 juveniles, in four carjacking cases in an 18-hour span.

Milwaukee Leaders Link Concealed Carry to Milwaukee Crime

Hmmmm… what’re the flaws in this thinking?

Two top law enforcement leaders in Milwaukee County took aim at the state’s concealed carry law as a possible contributing factor in Milwaukee’s spike in gun violence this year.

“Since that law has passed, almost every single year, the number of crime guns seized by this department has gone up and the time-to-crime on our most frequently used weapons has decreased,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said Wednesday.

“Now that’s correlation not causation, but it’s a pretty strong correlation.”

The average time-to-crime, which is derived from the date of a gun’s original purchase to the date of recovery, has dropped from 10.6 years in 2012 to 8.6 years in 2014 for all guns, according to the department.

In each of 2013 and 2014, 20% of the handguns recovered had a time-to-crime of less than six months.

Flynn made his remarks during a Milwaukee Community Justice Council meeting, which focused on rising numbers of nonfatal shootings — 552 people have been shot this year in the city of Milwaukee as of Nov. 11 — and homicides, which already have reached a decade-high this year.

Couple things… first, this would be pretty easy to prove. Once someone is convicted of a crime, we would know if they were a concealed carry permit holder or not. The police have these numbers. Why not show them? Do concealed carry permit holders commit more gun crimes than the rest of the population? That’s not the case in other states, but perhaps Milwaukee is different. In any case, this is very easy to prove or disprove and the fact that Flynn and the corrupt Chisholm aren’t releasing these numbers tells us what they really reveal.

Second, the concealed carry law applies to the entire state, yet only Milwaukee is seeing a spike in crime. I would be willing to bet that there are far more people in Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee counties who legally carry a weapon compared to Milwaukee County, and yet, again, only Milwaukee is seeing a spike in crime. Why would that be?

This is simply a couple of guys who are failing at their primary job of crime control in Milwaukee trying to pin the responsibility on something else.



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