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Community activists want Milwaukee police chief to resign


MILWAUKEE (WSAU)   Milwaukee’s police chief says he’s not going anywhere, despite a call by clergy and activist groups that he resign. Ed Flynn stood his ground yesterday in a meeting with groups that included the Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope and Milwaukee Peace Action.

Flynn sought the meeting to try-and-rebuild relations with those organizations, after a tense series of incidents. They included the recent discovery that robbery suspect Derek Williams gasped and begged for help for almost eight minutes before he collapsed-and-died in police custody last year. The groups Flynn met with yesterday demanded that he fire officers Gregory Kuspa and Jeffrey Cline – both of whom were involved in the Williams incident, as well as searches of suspects’ cavities to try and find illegal drugs.

The Reverend Willie Brisco, who heads the Congregations for Hope, called the Williams death a violation of human rights. And he said his coalition would also try to meet with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council members, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. The pastors at yesterday’s meeting said they were disappointed in Chief Flynn’s response to the Williams death. They said Flynn was more interested in showing off his crime statistics than discussing the death.