***See the original news release HERE.***
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2013
Milwaukee, WI –Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn issued the following statement to the media yesterday:
“I look forward to continuing the bipartisan conversation that has moved beyond the talking points to develop and enact legislation to keep guns out of the hands of career criminals and reduce gun violence in Wisconsin. I would be very happy to have Sheriff Clarke join that substantive discussion.”
Statement from Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. in response to Chief Flynn:
“Ed Flynn can stop with his arrogant way of lecturing me on what I need to do. I take my orders from the collective public, not from him. He takes his orders from Tom Barrett.
This from a guy whose ‘fool-‘em-with-statistics-crime-strategy’ turned out to be a house of cards. Now the people of Milwaukee are paying for that snake-oil with fewer cops on the street.
Why is it only a substantive conversation when he’s involved? He and Tom Barrett’s conversation is one-sided and it centers on stricter gun control for law-abiding citizens.
I’m not interested in joining his blame-the-gun conversation whose goal is to browbeat me into believing that fewer guns equal less crime. That myth has been debunked in a study done by author John Lott.
I am on the side of victims of crime and law-abiding citizens. I’ll converse with them. He, on the other hand, is on the anti-gun, anti-second amendment, lenient judiciary side. I have not heard him say one word about the role of the revolving door nature of the Milwaukee County criminal justice system and how that negates what officers do to keep repeat criminals off the street.
Ed Flynn can stop telling me what to do and instead should tell Tom Barrett to reduce poverty, fix MPS, attract jobs that put people back to work and leave law-abiding citizens alone.”