Police Chief Edward Flynn has had enough.
Recently, the chief of Milwaukee’s law enforcement agency came under attack by black activists. The activists accused Flynn of not taking a recent officer-involved shooting seriously. That shooting ended with a black man named Donte Hamilton dead. The officer was defending himself from a potentially deadly attack by the deranged Hamilton, who had taken a police baton and violently assaulted the responding officer.
As in Ferguson, groups very quickly accused white officers of being racist and of targeting blacks for no reason. At a police commission meeting related to that shooting, protesters began disrupting the group and shouting anti-police phrases at officers.
They also singled out Chief Flynn as being uncaring and mocked him for being on his cell phone during part of the meeting. There was only one problem: Flynn was actually on his phone being notified about a drive-by shooting that was carried out by a black gang, which took the life of a 5-year-old girl. When a reporter outside the meeting brought up the phone call as a way to belittle Chief Flynn, he took it personally — and unleashed a verbal thrashing on the gathered crowd. “I was on my phone, that’s true,” Flynn began. “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.”
Then his demeanor changed, and Flynn appeared visibly upset by the words he had just spoken.
“If some of the people here gave a good ******* about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously.”
Then Flynn turned his righteous anger toward the race baiters, who were trying to use every event a to call white officers racist.
“The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed, hello! 80 percent of my homicide victims every year are African American. 80 percent of our aggravated assault victims are African American.”
He tore into the the people trying to use a police-involved shooting to push an agenda, instead of facing the real crime that is happening all around them.
“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 upset Flynn stated. “There’s not one of them, can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city.”
He continued: “This city is at risk all right — but it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protecting it.”
The veteran officer then tried to calm himself before finishing up with one final point.
“We’re going up there, and there’s a bunch of cops processing the scene of a dead kid. And they’re the ones that are gonna be out there patrolling and stopping suspects that might have guns under the front seat. They’re the ones that are gonna take the risk to their lives, to try to clean this thing up.”
The video is a moving reminder that it is easy to criticize the police — but the reality is, they are the ones who face crime and violence on a daily basis, so that others don’t have to.
It is refreshing to see this kind of brutal honesty about the black-on-black gang crime that is destroying cities… and to be reminded about who actually has to deal with it.