Ald. Michael Murphy
Press Release

Alderman Murphy and Alderman Pérez encouraged by Chief Flynn and Mayor’s new stance on traffic enforcement policy

Ald. Murphy and Ald. Pérez look forward to further changes being implemented on the roadways to ensure safety.

By - Dec 21st, 2017 03:05 pm
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Alderman Michael J. Murphy and Alderman José G. Pérez are encouraged to hear Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett are acknowledging the positive results of a traffic enforcement policy change, which was proposed by Ald. Murphy, Ald. Pérez, and many other Common Council members. The aldermen were acting on behalf of their constituents who felt safer roadways were a top priority, and were consistently making public outcries for safety changes.

Ald. Murphy championed for the enforcement change with a letter to the City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission in April of this year. Through the commission, Ald. Murphy requested that the Milwaukee Police Department review traffic enforcement data, policies, and tactics. Ald. Murphy and Ald. Pérez followed up with a second letter in June asking for the pursuit policy to be changed to reduce the growing number of mobile drug units, vehicle flights, and hit-and-runs. It was a policy change Mayor Barrett and Chief Flynn were initially publically opposed to, but are now praising in a local news article.

Ald. Murphy says, “I am happy to see that Chief Flynn and Mayor Barrett are embracing the new policy and seeing the positive impact of the change. I’m grateful to the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission members for taking action and taking our concerns seriously.”

Ald. Pérez says, “I appreciate the Fire and Police Commission members for their expeditious response. I hope the Mayor and the Chief will follow suit and be more prompt in heeding the Common Council’s recommendations, which aim to improve safety and residents’ quality of life.”

Ald. Murphy and Ald. Pérez want to acknowledge their other colleagues, Ald. Robert J. Bauman, Ald. Robert G. Donovan, Ald. Mark J. Borkowski, Ald. Tony Zielinski, and Ald. Russell W. Stamper, II, who were also very public in calling for a pursuit policy change to protect the public.

Ald. Murphy and Ald. Pérez look forward to further changes being implemented on the roadways to ensure safety.

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