Joe Davis, Sr.
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Alderman Davis asks for investigation into MPD records failure

News release from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

By - May 12th, 2015 04:26 pm

Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. on Tuesday sent a letter (attached) to Public Safety Committee chair Terry L. Witkowski urging the chair to launch an investigation into whether administration officials were aware of the catastrophic failure of the Milwaukee Police Department’s video recording system.

“There is mounting evidence that the Chief of Police, the Mayor and other public officials may have been aware of this failure for some time and did nothing to apprise the Common Council or the public,” Alderman Davis said. “If true, this is intolerable.”

With the letter, Alderman Davis made formal his request for Alderman Witkowski to use his subpoena power as committee chair to compel administration officials to testify in the matter.

In January, a hardware malfunction caused data stored on the Milwaukee Police Department’s MediaSolv system to become inaccessible, including the video recordings of suspect interviews in high-profile criminal cases. Alderman Davis said that he and other members of the public should have been notified immediately when this happened.

“This malfunction could affect the prosecution of serious criminal cases and have far-reaching impacts on public safety in the City of Milwaukee,” Alderman Davis said. “There are serious questions about why we were not informed, and I hope Alderman Witkowski will use his authority as Public Safety Committee chair to seek answers.”

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