Ald. Milele Coggs
Press Release

Fire and Police Commission makes the right call

Fire and Police Commission makes the right call

By - Dec 11th, 2012 03:12 pm

I attended today’s meeting of the Fire and Police Commission, and I commend the Commission for reconsidering its previous action in the case of Police Officer Richard Schoen.

The Commission did the right thing when it chose to review the decision regarding Officer Schoen. What the Commission discovered while writing their final decision and during its reevaluation is that the state law and Commission rules call for them to give greater weight to the Chief’s original determination to fire the officer. They continued their deliberations with the revised information and concluded that Officer Schoen should be fired. Their final written decision should clarify any remaining questions about the reasons for the actions. I applaud the Commission for doing the right thing for the right reasons, and now we have to help the city move forward and improve our police — community relations.

Perhaps it is also time for the Milwaukee County District Attorney to take a fresh look at the case of Officer Schoen and explore the possibility of charges.

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