MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said Monday, June 6th he is retiring his "Four Simple Rules to Not Get Shot in Milwaukee."
Flynn was grilled by Milwaukee Common Council members about that controversial list. Flynn said scolding accepted Monday -- but he did not apologize.
"We were disturbed by those comments," Alderwoman Milele Coggs said.
On May 12th, Flynn laid out the "Four Simple Rules to Not Get Shot in Milwaukee" while at a kickoff breakfast for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's annual Ceasefire Sabbath event.
The rules are as follows:
- Don't be part of a crime gang.
- Don't be a drug dealer.
- Don't carry an illegal gun.
- If you're in an argument with a stranger, ask how often they've been arrested. If they've been arrested more often than you've been arrested, concede the point.
"So believe me, I was taken aback when I realized people had taken grave offense. It had never happened to me before," Flynn said.
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But following the criticism, Flynn said point taken.
"Yeah, I got scolded. I probably should have been more sensitive," Flynn said.
While Flynn didn't apologize, he said he does plan to retire his "Four Simple Rules."
"I didn`t apologize because my motives weren`t impure. I`ve used this as a communication device to many neighborhood groups without a complaint. I`ve got a complaint, so I won`t use it anymore," Flynn said.
Coggs said Flynn's response was what she expected.
"To give an apology, you have to actually be sorry for what he said. And I don`t think he`s sorry for what he said. I believe he may have some regrets about how it was received," Coggs said.
Flynn was grilled Monday not just for his "Four Simple Rules," but also for his work.
Alderman Mark Borkowski challenged Flynn's job security -- saying "we'll see" if Flynn gets to serve out the three-and-a-half years on his contract.
Flynn said Borkowski's threat was "largely irrelevant" to him.