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Milwaukee Police Chief Angrily Responds to Protests

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 07:14 PM

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn took on a group of anti-police protesters, telling reporters afterward that the biggest problem is black victims of crime.

Flynn has taken heat from both the black community and the police union after the fatal shooting earlier this year of a mentally ill black man.

Hamilton Dontre was killed by police officer Christopher Manney in April. Flynn fired Manney because he said he violated protocols before shooting Dontre 14 times. Manney's firing angered the police union, but the shooting has ignited the African-American community.

At a meeting with concerned citizens earlier this month, Flynn reportedly yelled back at a protester and took a phone call during the meeting.

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Asked about it afterward, Flynn went on an impassioned speech, saying, "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."

He said if the protesters cared about the victimization of the community he would take their protests more seriously.

"The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed. Hello!" he said, pointing out that 80 percent of the homicide victims in the city are African-American, as are 80 percent of aggravated assault victims and shooting victims who survive.

"Now they 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," he said.

"But this community is at risk all right, and it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protecting it. 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."

He admitted the police department is responsible for the things it does wrong.

"We’ve arrested cops, we’ve fired cops and so on. But the fact is, the people here, some of them, who had the most to say, are absolutely MIA when it comes to the true threats facing this community," he continued. "It gets a little tiresome, and when you start getting yelled at for reading the updates on the kid who got shot, yeah you take it personally, OK?"

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