103 homicides in Milwaukee during a violent 2015: Chief Flynn says he blames prosecutors, lawmakers

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee's police chief said the city isn't alone in experiencing a spike in homicides this year.

There have been 103 homicides in Milwaukee so far this year, compared with 86 homicides during all of 2014. Thursday, Chief Ed Flynn said he blamed Wisconsin's concealed carry law for some of the violence.

Wisconsin's law doesn't ban so-called "career criminals" with only misdemeanor convictions from buying guns, a restriction that convicted felons face.

"I called up the chief of staff for one of our elected representatives and said, could you amend that and just say, if you fit the career criminals statute, you can`t have a concealed carry permit? His answer was, that`s not the NRA's (National Rifle Association) position," Flynn said.

Flynn declined to name the person or the lawmaker, saying only that it was a Republican.

Flynn said two-thirds of major U.S. cities have seen an increase in violent crime in 2015. Yet he said hiring additional police officers isn't the answer, recalling a story from the U.S. Bank Fireworks show on Milwaukee's lakefront July 3, when a man complained to him about the police presence.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Tariq Akbar killed in shooting near N. Lake Drive

Tariq Akbar killed in shooting near N. Lake Drive






"Just as the last word of him being offended by the police presence comes out of his mouth, we heard 'bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. We turn around, and 150 feet from where I was standing, a 15-year-old had just murdered a 15-year-old with a .40-caliber pistol. I had 60 cops there," Flynn said.

Flynn says arguments and retaliation led to that incident, and a lot of the city's 103 homicides this year.

Asked whether all the violence we've seen this year is giving Milwaukee a bad rap, Chief Flynn said this:

"This is far from unique. The fact is, Milwaukee is sharing the identical issue with a number of major cities with similar dynamics," Chief Flynn said.

Vigil for 100th homicide victim

Vigil for 100th homicide victim, Luis Santiago

He blames what he sees as a lax concealed carry law -- pointing to statistics that show 90% of guns used for crime in Milwaukee were legally purchased.

Double shooting near 15th and Finn

Milwaukee police

"We have the phenomenon here in Milwaukee of drug dealers with felony convictions being escorted by career criminals with only misdemeanor convictions who have concealed carry permits and are legally carrying a gun to guard the gun dealer. That's what our law does. I can't imagine that's what they meant when they passed it, but that's what we've got," Chief Flynn said.

Despite the spike in crime and homicides in Milwaukee this year, Flynn said violent crime rates were down in August compared with the same month a year ago.


  • Fellow Milwaukeen

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We need tougher gun legislation. I’m sick and tired of the Republicans appeasing to the gun manufacturers and the NRA!

    • Karon

      It’s not the republicans, the gun manufacturers or the NRA–it’s the charges, prosecution, sentencing and lack of morals, common sense and common courtesy. You don’t shoot someone and steal their car. You don’t shoot at someone while robbing a gas station or bank etc. You don’t shoot someone because they are walking on what you deem to be “your” street. You don’t shoot someone because they shorted you on weed or the $ to pay you for the weed. AND you don’t buy the gun illegally or steal it–you prove who you are, get a background check, take a class/course and practice on a range. You use it to go hunting, shoot clays and for protection in the mountain lion/bear hike trails.

  • Censorship

    Wow, where did all the comments go?! All that’s left is a comment oppsing guns… HMM. Again.. CRIMINALS DONT OBEY LAWS. The existence or non-existence of the conceal carry law bares no meaning to a criminal! Ludicrous of Flynn to pass the buck and even suggest this.

    • Tim

      Right!? My comment was deleted too. Where in the terms and conditions does it say, “We will delete any comment that doesn’t fit our agenda?”.

  • Jim Naumann

    Maybe if Chief Flynn and his BUT buddy Mayor Barrett were more interested in putting some real officers on the job instead of worrying about a new trollies than no one will ride maybe this would be under control.

    Maybe Chief Flynn if the fat @ss officers you have were not shooting unarmed people and looking for the real criminals maybe this would be under control.

    Maybe if they were not sitting in a donut shop or an all night coffee shop and were actually patrolling the troubled areas this would be under control

    Maybe if the worthless BLUE UNION THUGS (BUT) were not sleeping behind a Walmart or some abandon building this would be under control.

    I always wonder how the untrained general public always seems to know where the criminals are, what they are doing and where the criminals like this live, but the highly skilled, highly trained BLUE UNION THUGS (BUT) can never seem to be in the right place at the right time and cannot seem to find these people.

    Why is this Chief Flynn?

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