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Milwaukee Chief Says Video of Young Men Waving Guns is Recruiting Tool

August 31, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Milwaukee Chief Says Video of Young Men Waving Guns is Recruiting Tool

Police Chief Edward Flynn said a video shown in a courtroom last week of young men on a Milwaukee street flashing guns, cash and drugs and threatening to shoot police is evidence of sophisticated criminals making propaganda to recruit new members while spreading intimidation over social media.

The video was filmed in the middle of the day at N. 32nd St. and W. Auer Ave. — which is just four blocks from the Milwaukee Police Department's District 7 station. The corner where the young men were waving guns can be seen from District 7's squad car parking lot.

On the video, made last summer, a man armed with what appears to be a MAC-10 machine pistol slung around his neck looks up Auer Ave. toward District 7 and says: "It's MAC-aroni time. Police gonna get shot at, too."

Flynn told the Journal-Sentinel the video becoming public should help residents in Milwaukee understand what police are up against. The chief said he has seen many such videos of criminals in Milwaukee.

"They jump out of their cars and spend five minutes flashing their guns, gold teeth, money and drugs and off they go," the chief said Sunday. "They are trying to send this message, they can operate with impunity. They can't. But if they can create that thought in the minds of the vulnerable, they see that as helping them recruit. They don't own any piece of Milwaukee, but they can create that appearance for what essentially are propaganda videos. They are sophisticated. They want more members. They want to demonstrate they have power."

Comments (5)

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kevCopAz @ 9/1/2015 6:14 PM

Perhaps its time that we allow them to do what they want to do inside their neighborhoods if this is what the "community" seems to want, no policing, let them have it. Perhaps then the majority will realize that without the thin Blue line, they will all fall victim to these thugs. Elections and lack of standing by whats right have consequences. Sad but we in Law Enforcement should back off and let those "hoods" suffer what they brought upon themselves unless and until we have the support of those communities and the governments of these lost, Democratic party run cities.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/1/2015 6:40 PM

Chief, weren't you the one who campaigned against Sheriff Clarke in his last election. I would much rather hear his sentiments about the gang members waving guns.

mike @ 9/1/2015 9:37 PM

Same type of video recruiting tools ISIS is using.

S.S. @ 9/14/2015 11:16 AM

So what does black lives matter have to say about this shit. Since they're saying that they are a legitimate activist group. You goddamn hypocrites are
something else. I gotta say kevcopAz hit it right on the dot. Let them handle it themselves. See how long you maggots can live like that.

Serene @ 2/20/2016 7:47 PM

I am so over it , all of it. The divide is getting worse instead of better. We have bent over backwards to be PC and fair. More than fair , we stand back while they have their own awards , their own scholarship telethons , their own television channels..etc etc etc..yet if white America did the same it would be branded segregation ..racism! A white boy is gunned down by police and no one cares (media wise) , a black boy is gunned down and it's rally time , it's in every paper and on every news hour. No one reports when it's black on black crime because it's their dirty little secret. Keep on promoting the divide and don't speak out against people like these 2 idiot thugs in the picture above , widen that divide .. Mr King would be so proud.

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