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Alderman Donovan asks for answers about secret MPD email system

Alderman Donovan requested answers to specific questions about the purported secret e-mail system.

By - May 14th, 2015 09:37 am

Alderman Bob Donovan has asked Police Chief Edward Flynn to provide answers about whether a secret, non-public e-mail system has been used in the Milwaukee Police Department during the past five years.

The alderman, who yesterday asked the state Department of Justice to conduct an audit of the MPD’s information technology and data operations, said he has received credible information that MPD information technology staff set up and operated an email system not within the Milwaukee.gov domain. In a letter sent to Chief Flynn today (attached), Alderman Donovan requested answers to specific questions about the purported secret e-mail system.

“If this secret email system existed, it is extremely serious and deserves to be investigated inside and out by the Department of Justice as well,” Alderman Donovan said.

“I know Chief Flynn is committed to transparency, so I would also expect his full cooperation in the search for answers in this matter. The citizens of Milwaukee deserve to know the truth, and by God it is also my duty, my obligation to push until the truth is revealed,” said Alderman Donovan, a member of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

In the wake of what he called the MPD’s MediaSolv video evidence “catastrophe,” Alderman Donovan said he believes there has been “a disturbing pattern” of ongoing MPD IT difficulties that affect public safety and warrant a deeper review.

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