Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has had a trying year. Not just because of the duties his job entails but because of the feeble prattle the media brings to him for comment, regurgitating every normal action he takes in order to vilify him.
Well, the Chief has had enough and has developed a very sincere relationship with his critics…he let them have it!
After a Fire and Police Commission meeting about an officer-involved shooting that had occurred earlier in the year, Flynn was criticized for openly being on his phone while in the meeting, to which protesters and reporters insinuated that he was not interested in the topic of police shooting and brutality, nor the racial disparity in Milwaukee.
And in a beautiful instance where a public official does not grumble “No Comment”, Flynn unfolded an intricate and honest reply:
“Well I was on my phone, yes. That is true. I was following developments about a 5-year-old girl sitting on her dad’s lap who just got shot in the head by a drive-by shooting,” Flynn said angrily. “If some of the people gave a good ******* about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously.” “The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed — hello!” he added.
“Now, they know all about the last three people who have been killed by the Milwaukee Police Department in the course of the last several years. There’s not one of them that can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city,” Flynn said.
Sensing the alteration the truth was having in his audience, Flynn followed with an order to walk the talk or keep quiet:
“But this community is at risk alright, and it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protecting it. It’s at risk because we have large numbers of high-capacity, quality firearms in the hands of remorseless criminals who don’t care who they shoot.”
“We are responsible for the things that we get wrong,” he said of his police department. “We’ve arrested cops, we’ve fired cops and so on. But the fact is, the people here, some of them, who had the most to say, are absolutely MIA when it comes to the true threats facing this community. It gets a little tiresome, and when you start getting yelled at for reading the updates on the kid who got shot, yeah you take it personally, OK?”