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Milwaukee Chief Demoted Over Tear-Gas Use, Other Concerns

Milwaukee Chief Demoted Over Tear-Gas Use, Other Concerns
A protester holds a banner during a demonstration for justice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 20. (Morry Gash/AP)

Thursday, 06 August 2020 09:21 PM

An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales on Thursday after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd’s death.

The city’s Fire and Police Commission unanimously voted Thursday evening to demote Morales to captain after three-and-a-half years on the job.

The chief’s attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, says Morales’ relationship with the commission has been deteriorating since he refused the chairman’s demand to fire an officer involved in the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in January 2018. Most recently the commission criticized Morales for authorizing tear gas to disperse protesters. The board has also raised questions over how the department has policed Black communities.

Morales joined the Milwaukee department in 1993 and was appointed chief in February 2018.

The commission’s decision leaves the department without a leader as the city grapples with a surge in gun violence and setting up security for the Democratic National Convention later this month.

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An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales on Thursday after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death. The city's Fire and Police...
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