Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn had some strong words following a Fire and Police Commission meeting, where he was verbally attacked by protestors for his handling of the death of Hamilton Dontre, who was killed by Officer Christopher Manney in April, 2014.
Manney, a 13-year veteran of Milwaukee PD, violated procedure and shot Dontre, who was mentally ill, 14 times. Flynn promptly fired Manney, who has not been charged with a crime at this point.
Protestors came to the commission meeting to berate Flynn’s handling of the Hamilton case, and he shouted back at them. He also took a phone call during the meeting.
When questioned by the press about his conduct, Flynn fired back: “Well, I was on my phone, and yes, that’s true. I was following developments with a 5-year-old little girl sitting on her dad’s lap who just got shot in the head by a drive-by shooting.”
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He questioned the protestors’ actions as well.
“The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed,” he said. “Eighty percent of my homicide victims every year are African-American. Eighty percent of our aggravated assault victims are African-American. Eighty percent of our shooting victims who survive their shooting are African-American.”
Flynn continued: “Now [the protestors] know all about the last three people who’ve been killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years. There’s not one of them that can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city.”
“This community is at risk, all right, and it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives to protect it,” he said. “It’s at risk because we have large numbers of high capacity, quality firearms in the hands of remorseless criminals who don’t care who they shoot … and I take it personally ... There’s a bunch of cops processing a scene of a dead kid, and they're the ones ... who are going to risk their lives to try to clean this thing up.”
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He concluded his passionate speech with “the fact is that the people out here, some of them, who have the most to say, are absolutely MIA when it comes to the true threats facing this community,” he said. “It gets a little tiresome. And when you start getting yelled at for reading the updates of the kid who got shot, yeah, you take it personally.”
Flynn then turned his backs on reporters to go to the scene of the crime.