When a gaggle of reporters, who were hellbent on grabbing “anti-cop” headlines about an officer-involved shooting, pushed a police chief, he became righteously angry as he delivered the “brutal truth.”
When Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who has since retired, was pushed by a group of reporters for “anti-police” soundbites, the veteran lawman became emotional as he defended the “beat cops,” who put their lives on the line every day. It all started after a tense meeting of Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission.
It was the first time the board had met after Flynn fired an officer in the wake of a fatal shooting, and reporters, along with “anti-cop” activists, had jammed the civic hall. “I’ve apologized over and over again,” Flynn told the crowd. “But I’m not blind to the fact that there are a lot of people lining up to take advantage of this tragedy,” he continued.
That’s when one reporter took a different tactic and accused the top cop of being “disrespectful” by being on his phone during the proceedings. “What’s your response to some of the people who thought you were being disrespectful by being on your phone, and not being attentive,” the reporter asked. Chief Edward Flynn initially responded by giving a reasonable explanation as to why he had been on his phone, but then, the police chief became downright outraged.
“Well, I was on my phone and yes, that’s true,” Flynn said. “I was following developments with a 5-year-old little girl sitting on her dad’s lap who just got shot in the head by a drive-by shooting,” the chief explained before changing his tone and expressing his anger. “And if some of the people here gave a good goddamn about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invectives more seriously,” he declared.
Flynn then accused the media, along with the “anti-police” activists, of being completely obsessed with officer-involved shootings, while he claimed they ignore the crimes that go on every day. “Now they know all about the last three people that have been killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years,” the furious police chief told the crowd. “But there’s not one of them who can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city.”
The reporters’ faces completely changed as the chief’s indignation grew and he continued to lambaste the press on the “greatest racial disparity” the city faced — and according to Flynn, that wasn’t police-involved shootings. “The greatest racial disparity in the City of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed. Hello. Eighty percent of my homicide victims every year are African-American. Eighty percent of our aggravated assault victims are African-American. Eighty percent of our shooting victims who survive their shooting are African-American,” Flynn stated.
The veteran lawman’s fury continued as he further alleged that it wasn’t the police who were putting the community at risk. “Now there’s room for everybody to participate in fixing this Police Department, and I’m not pretending we’re without sin,” the police chief declared. “But this community’s at risk alright, and it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protecting it.”
Flynn then gave the crowd something to really think about before he headed to the scene of a crime, where a child had been killed. “Now I’m leaving here to go to that scene. And I take it personally, OK? We’re going up there and there’s a bunch of cops processing a scene of a dead kid, and they’re the ones who are going to be out there patrolling and stopping suspects that may have guns under the front seats,” Flynn declared. “They’re the ones that are going to take the risks to their lives to try to clean this thing up.”
Police Chief Edward Flynn wasn’t the only top lawman to face these problems. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, as head of one of the largest police forces in the nation, believes the “anti-cop” narrative is hurting citizens, not helping them. According to the Daily Mail, “Villanueva called out the county Board of Supervisors, who he labeled ’14 woke individuals’ who are trying to defund his department in the middle of a major crime spree.”
Villanueva rejected the “false narrative” that cops create a threat to young black men, saying it is black and brown communities who suffer from the crime spike. “They were trying to sell the idea that law enforcement was an existential threat to young men, and I said, ‘Bull sh*t. Young men are an existential threat to young men because of the dumb things they do,’” the LA County sheriff said.
“We have a very elite political class, I call them the ‘woke privileged crowd,’” the sheriff told Fox News. “They’re still insisting on defunding here in LA County. And they’re still pushing that false narrative that we’re some sort of existential threat,” he added. He then took it one step further and encouraged voters to find out which politicians promoted the defund movement and vote them out.
“Figure out who’s running for office or who is currently in office up re-election and if they have a track record of being a ‘defunder,’ make sure that everybody knows,” Villanueva declared. “Let’s get people in elected office at the national level, state level, county level, city level, that are responsible and I don’t care what party they come from, but as long as they’re going to vote for public safety and taking care of the community, we’ve got to support them.”
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Author: Rebecca Diserio
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