President of Milwaukee Police Association after night of violence: “We must address (MPD) staffing deficit”
MILWAUKEE — Mike Crivello, president of the Milwaukee Police Association on Sunday, August 14th released a statement in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon near 44th and Auer, and the violence that followed.
It all started Saturday afternoon, when a pair of police officers stopped two people driving through the north-side neighborhood, police said. That led to a foot chase between the people in the car and police, which ended when an officer shot one of the two — a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, authorities said.
The police officer “ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun,” Barrett said during a news conference later in the day. “He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times.”
The man died at the scene. It was unclear Sunday morning whether the second occupant of the car was in police custody. The officer who fired the fatal shots was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during an investigation.
The officer who fired the deadly shots is 24 years old and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department — three as an officer. Police provided no further details on the identities of the officer or the occupants of the car.
The officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, Barrett said.
The suspect was shot twice — in the arm and chest, the mayor said. His handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March, according to police.
“The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun,” police said in a statement.
Hours after the shooting, protesters burned several stores and threw rocks at police on the city’s north side, leaving one officer injured and three protesters arrested.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said protesters had been using social media to draw more demonstrators.
As the chaos escalated Saturday, the mayor pleaded with protesters to end their demonstrations.
“If you love your son, if you love your daughter, text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done,” the mayor said. “I know this neighborhood very, very well. And there are a lot of really really good people who live in this area — in the Sherman Park area, who can’t stand this violence.”
At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted they were restoring order and “reducing deployments.”
Below is the complete statement released by Crivello Sunday:
“The Milwaukee Police Association is proud to represent true professionals. Categorically, we denounce the suggestion of racism within the department. Our ranks are broad and diverse, derived from all God’s children. These officers deserve respect and support. Support which must begin with leadership – mayor/alderpersons, police chief, and community!
Elected officials are administered an “oath.” The focus should be, must be centric to upholding the law!
Leadership must denounce violent riotous behavior! There can be no appropriateness in rationalizing terrorist- like actions. The good families, beautiful young children, living in the neighborhoods where police were attacked and buildings burned certainly did not sleep well last night. How could they, when will they? The thugs that caused this are certainly terrorists and must be held accountable.
To be clear, when an officer utilizes a use of force during an arrest he/she is FORCED to do so by the actions of the perpetrator. When a subversive groups attack officers, burns buildings, and steals property it is a choice made.
Your professional officers need your help – do not support any elected official that does not unequivocally support the law as written, while ensuring enforcement. Our police force is understaffed. Our officers forced to work alone. We must be assured of permanent two-man squads. We must adequately [immediately] address the staffing deficit!! Our family deserves to know their loved one has a fighting chance to come home after each tour of duty.
Thoughts and prayers to the community affected by the unrighteous. Your officers care and remain at your side.”