While discussing a case in which a 5-year-old girl was shot and killed while sitting on her father’s lap, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn went off on the lack of concern when it comes to black-on-black crimes in his city.
His statements may serve as a reminder of the selective outrage exercised by protesters and media in Ferguson, Missouri where a grand jury announcement in the case of Michael Brown is expected any day now. White House officials are concerned that Ferguson will erupt in violence should the white police officer not be indicted for the killing of a black teenager.
Flynn, who had just been informed of the shooting of the 5-year-old girl, was clearly upset by the lack of focus on the real race issues in his city.
Via Right Scoop:
Man oh man this is awesome. Police Chief Edward Flynn spoke to reporters on November 6 after a Fire and Police Commission meeting concerning the shooting of Dontre Hamilton. And he doesn’t hold back with the brazen truth about people who care more about a black teen shot by a cop than they do about all the violent crimes against blacks in Milwaukee, something he says is the true threat to the racial disparity.
He really gets heated when asked about criticism that he was on his phone during the meeting. He had gotten a call about a black 5 year old girl shot in the head and killed by a drive by shooter while sitting on her daddy’s lap. And he doesn’t mince words about it.
Flynn was repeatedly asked questions about the case involving the black teen that was shot by a police officer. Questions about protesters, questions about his response to protesters, and questions about it being rude to field the phone call he received at that meeting.
That’s when Flynn let loose.
Flynn: Well I was on my phone and yes, that’s true. I was following developments of a 5-year-old little girl sitting on her dad’s lap who just got shot in the head by a drive by shooting. And if some of the people here gave a good God damn about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously.
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. 80 percent of our shooting victims who survive their shooting are African-American. Now they know all about the last three people who have been killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years, but there’s not one of them who can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city.
Flynn would go on to say that the same people protesting are MIA when it comes to actually trying to solve the problem of crime in his city.
What do you think? Was Flynn right when he said people only care about cases involving a white cop shooting an African-American?