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Video: Milwaukee Chief Calls Out Black Activists Over Their Priorities After Public Meeting

November 21, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Milwaukee Chief Calls Out Black Activists Over Their Priorities After Public Meeting

A video of an emotional Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn decrying community activists on the night a 5-year-old girl was shot in her home is being drawn into a social media argument about crime and race with some describing Flynn as a "hero cop" calling out black community leaders and others blasting that characterization.

The recording garnered nearly 600,000 views Wednesday on YouTube and hundreds of thousands since as bloggers tied the racial disparities described by Flynn to the race-related tensions revealed by the August police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Ashley Luthern recorded the video earlier this month at the first meeting of a police oversight panel after Flynn fired police officer Christopher Manney, who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in April. The night of the meeting, a 5-year-old girl was shot and killed in a Milwaukee house while sitting on her grandfather's lap.

At one point during the meeting, members of the audience criticized Flynn for looking at his phone. Flynn said he was trying to keep up with developments in the girl's shooting and later took on those critics in a press conference recorded by Luthern.

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RetiredChief @ 11/21/2014 8:36 PM

I commend Chief Flynn. He has the honesty to tell it like it is unlike so many of his fellow big city chiefs who are all about political correctness and not at all about the truth. Just like in Ferguson it is time to call thugs what they are just like it is time to take on Obama. Race has nothing to do with it. It is not the color of Obama's skin not the skin color of the thugs. It is their behavior that merits condemnation.

Mohammed Fuxpigs @ 11/22/2014 7:47 AM

Chief Flynn thinks only his crooked officers should be armed. Milwaukee is a crime infested, racially segregated, city, that is run by corrupt politicians. And he should be fired. Why is there no mention of the no cnfidence vote this dirtbag just recieved? The officers under him are mostly yes men. And the city as a whole is a rats nest of incestuous relationships. And the black leaders are all involved in corrupt behavior. But blame the white taxpayers again. It's time for real change in America.

Mohammed Fuxpigs @ 11/22/2014 7:50 AM

Hey retiredchief, when you kill citizens, eventually people say enough. It's time for a few cops to get some of their own treatment. When the police forces around the country are filled with thugs, you are going to get the taxpayers to revolt. Crime is at historic lows, yet cops are killing at historic highs. Something is wrong with that picture. But cops are never wrong

dez nuts @ 11/22/2014 8:09 AM

Where was "thugs" and "Obama" mentioned in this article?

GI JOE @ 11/22/2014 9:49 AM

Chief Flynn said it straight forward. All these low life ghetto thug gangsters crying for a criminal Michael brown as a hero. He was a gangster drugging who committed crimes and he's on video caught stealing and assaulting a poor clerk. Notice no blks ghetto folk say one thing about that. Ghetto Blks never listen and are ignorant, violent, dumb, and all criminals. Look at how they act. Destroying, rioting, looting, burning down property and attacking anyone not blk and the the police. There are only a few righteous good blks who nean well and protest and that fine but they get voiced over by low life ghetto trash. These low lifes want to do anything break the law etc but when the police come and disperse them they attack the police and cry the race card. Ghetto blks only care about themselves and no one else. Criminals to t hee end. Riots are coming no mater what. You all watch the ghetto blacks nation wide commit crimes.

Tom Ret @ 11/22/2014 10:24 AM

Retired Chief is spot on while I have to ask what rock did Mohammed Fuxpigs
crawl out from? Your chosen name obviously indicates what a numb nuts you are. This forum is for police and not for every goof ball that wants to spout off.

Concerned Citizen @ 11/22/2014 1:58 PM

If you look at the situation objectively you will find that Milwaukee and surrounding areas have problems like Black on White Violence. That have become more prevalent since Obama has become elected for his second term. And the Mainstream Media has helped to pour gas on the flames of Black on White Hate, like the Zimmerman and Wilson situations. I don't know if Chief Flynn is guilty of the accusations made against him. But I do know not to just "Black Activists" because all they do is agitate others to break laws. There's no law that says you have to trust either side. But if I were given a choice, it wouldn't be the black activists who treat every thug that comes along as a Saint! If there is Police Brutality, it's hard to find every time someone idiot agitator Cries Wolf for the 16th time, or blames Whitey when they broke the law!

S.S. @ 11/24/2014 7:58 AM

Police Magazine would you please remove the p.o.s. mohammed from this site. he's got no business on this site. If you all would please take a look at a piece that Rudy Guiliani just did on foxnews. What he said was 100% true. It's exactly what most law enforcement feel, but are afraid to say it. For the fear of inciting these animals, such as the ones in Ferguson. Then you have these shitbags sharpton, and holder, who himself should be sitting in a jail cell, talking outta there asses. They haven't a clue.

kevCopAz @ 11/24/2014 4:08 PM

I agree with S.S. pls. take that guy (mohammed Not capitalized for disrespect) off or I may consider canceling subscription if you allow this type of scum (obviously non police) to make those comments.

kevCopAz @ 11/24/2014 4:09 PM

Is there a way that ONBLY those that pay for your magazine can get to this web site? Its ridiculous to allow those anti cop types to comment on things they have zero clue about. I respect other LEOs opinions on any side of any subject but allowing folks like mohamed on is ridicules and counter productive to this forum.

steve @ 11/25/2014 8:25 AM

s.s. mentioned Rudy G.'s comments. I just caught part of the news program and there for only a portion of the former NY Mayor's comment, but what I did hear was spot-on. Sure wish Mr. Giuliani would consider running for President.

S.S. @ 11/28/2014 7:49 AM


Chuck @ 9/5/2015 5:36 AM

It's time these "activist" groups take responsibility for something.
Most are nothing but bottom feeders living off the working class taxpayer funds and the Obama rhetoric used to fuel their hatred.
The mass violent "protests" need to be swiftly met with mass arrests and jail time.

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