Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Chief’s comments outrageous

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 20, 2015

By - Jul 20th, 2015 04:19 pm

During an appearance this afternoon, with the mayor standing quietly beside him, Chief Flynn said this:

“We expect criminals to act recklessly without regard for lives of the innocent. We expect the police to put the lives of the innocent first. I think it’s unfortunate we’ve got some politicians out there that think the police should be thinking like criminals.”

For the Chief to equate highly trained, professional and sworn law enforcement officers with criminals is simply outrageous. Our officers are sworn to apprehend those who break the law, and when they are allowed to do their jobs they’re pretty damn good at it.

Officers perform duties on a daily basis that most of us would not ever think of performing. And for this chief – in his twisted logic – to compare the thoughtful and measured actions of officers with those of reckless criminals, is utterly outrageous and disappointing.

The Chief’s comments are an insult to our dedicated officers, and he quite apparently has lost his sense of proportion.

And how about the mayor? When will we hear from Milwaukee’s CEO on this important topic (no pursuit policy)?

He seems content to simply hide behind someone else – in this instance the Chief – and his comments.

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7 thoughts on “Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy”

  1. CJ says:

    I thought this policy was to decrease crashes involved with chases and that incidents of property and cycling gettiung hurt has dramatically decreased.

  2. PMD says:

    This policy was implemented because in a two-month period 4 innocent people were killed by drivers fleeing police.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/police-chief-credits-new-policy-for-drop-in-high-speed-chases-b9992566z1-222824431.html

  3. Paul says:

    It’s time to change this policy, these young thugs know if they hit the gas they’re home free

  4. PMD says:

    Yes let’s get back to police chases so more innocent people die. Very smart Paul. You should run for police chief or alderman.

  5. Paul says:

    PMD, what was that older couple that was killed a few weeks ago guilty of, they were killed by a repeat criminal that had stolen cars before and wasn’t being chased when the crash happened. It’s time to lock up these criminals before they kill someone.

  6. Eric S says:

    It’s a balancing act. If the police chase, there is a risk to innocent people (as well as the pursuing officers and the suspect) that happen to be on the street. If the police do not chase, there is also the possibility that the suspect is a violent offender and may commit another violent act in the future. Many jurisdictions have decided that the risk of the former is great enough that they have adopted similar policies – only chasing when suspects are KNOWN violent offenders.

  7. Paul says:

    Eric, I believe it should be up to the discretion of the officer. Car theft should be a felony with mandatory jail time. You’ll never know if it’s a violent offender behind the wheel unless you stop them.

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