Milwaukee police union plans no-confidence vote

October 25, 2014

 

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Police Association plans a no-confidence vote on the city's police chief next week following the firing of an officer who fatally shot a man in a downtown park.

Union president Mike Crivello says morale among officers has been "broken" by the firing of Officer Christopher Manney. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney earlier this month, saying Manney instigated the fight that led to the shooting.

While Thursday's vote is nonbinding, Crivello told a news outlet he hopes it would send a message to city leaders.

In a statement, Flynn says a chief who worries more about his popularity with his officers "than doing the right thing" has become ineffective.

Manney shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30, sparking protests in Milwaukee. Manney has appealed Flynn's decision.

Associated Press