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Video: Milwaukee Chief Slammed by Council for Telling People How Not to Get Shot

June 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Milwaukee Chief Slammed by Council for Telling People How Not to Get Shot

Faced with growing complaints about his department's handling of a spike in carjackings and his own comments about how to avoid getting shot, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn defended himself at a contentious Common Council committee meeting Monday.

"I tried to convey facts in a less dry way to a group of people who should not be afraid of their public spaces," Flynn said about the "four simple rules for not getting shot in Milwaukee" that he laid out at the annual Ceasefire Sabbath breakfast in mid-May.

The "four simple rules" — don't deal drugs, don't be part of a gang, don't illegally carry a gun, and don't get into a fight with someone who has more arrests than you — were delivered, flippantly in the view of some council members, in the midst of a rise in carjackings in Milwaukee, an issue that the Public Safety Committee addressed at Monday's meeting, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Since the first five months of 2014, when there were a total of 90 carjackings in the city, the number has increased 120% to 198 carjackings in the first five months of 2016. A large percentage of those carjackings have been committed by juveniles, Flynn said, adding that the first five months of 2016 have seen a 767% increase in juvenile arrests for carjacking compared with 2014.

Comments (5)

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KevcopAz @ 6/7/2016 5:09 PM

Good job Chief, you have a pair, I have seen and heard about other things this Chief has said that shows he knows what he speaks of and does not always act PC when acting PC just makes things worse. Milwaukee is blessed to have both this Chief and the Sheriff, both have a SET! Perhaps if more Chiefs and other Pols would tell it like it is we would have less of these. He should also added another couple: don't ever fight with the police and do what you are ordered to do by the police.

Deputy JJG @ 6/8/2016 10:06 AM

Good for you Chief. Sounds like this city is getting out of control. God bless all that are holding the line. JJG

DaveM55 @ 6/10/2016 6:20 PM

He is saying what needs to be said!

John retired IA PD @ 6/10/2016 8:07 PM

Guess that people don't like to hear the truth. Thanks Chief.

Joe @ 6/13/2017 11:57 PM

The whole country needs to get tough and start dealing with repeat offenders harshly ! The PC attitude is only effective on a lessor portion of the criminal element. The repeat offenders need a wake-up sentence with a place to go where they get progressively worse accommodations after each offense. We are spending our hard earned money on rehabilitation that only works on a small portion of offenders. That said, it will never happen, not until we're broke and maybe not even then.

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