MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Milwaukee’s Fire-and-Police Commission gave Police Chief Ed Flynn an unscheduled performance review last night. That was after religious leaders and others called for the chief’s resignation or firing, amidst a controversy over the death of Derek Williams in police custody. The commission normally reviews Flynn’s performance every three months. The last review was just a month ago, and Commission director Michael Tobin said the new review was prompted by several issues of community concern – including the Williams death.
The review was done behind closed doors. Afterward, Tobin would not say whether the commission would consider releasing Flynn.
The chief has been on the hot seat ever since a video was released last month, showing Williams gasping for air and begging for help for almost eight minutes before he collapsed in the back seat of a squad car. He had just been arrested for a street robbery.
Milwaukee Police have also been under for strip-searching drug suspects, and forcing the mother of 13-year-old murder victim to sit in a squad car and not be at her son’s side. Earlier yesterday a Milwaukee alderman questioned police procedures for critical incidents and handling prisoners. Police officers said they would post all of the department’s operating procedures online for everyone to see.