Amid criticism, Chief Flynn says he’s retiring his “Four Simple Rules to Not Get Shot in Milwaukee”

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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.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

"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:

  1. Don't be part of a crime gang.
  2. Don't be a drug dealer.
  3. Don't carry an illegal gun.
  4. 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.
Chief Flynn's Four Simple Rules to Not Get Shot in Milwaukee

Chief Flynn's Four Simple Rules to Not Get Shot in Milwaukee

"So believe me, I was taken aback when I realized people had taken grave offense. It had never happened to me before," Flynn said.

Flynn said he was trying to explain to law-abiding people that they shouldn't be afraid in Milwaukee.

But following the criticism, Flynn said point taken.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

"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.

Public Safety Committee: Crime in Milwaukee

Public Safety Committee: Crime in Milwaukee

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.


    • Purveyor of truth

      I’m no liberal, but the reason why Kilwaukee is so bad is because parents don’t raise children to get an education. They themselves do not have one, and the cycle will continue indefinitely, period. Unfortunately, Milwaukee is a lost cause. Like Chicago. Sad…

  • Ryan Pohl

    How not to get shot in Milwaukee? Don’t start anything. Civilians shouldn’t have to fear Police officers, everyone understands its your job to be a Police Officer and its a very stressful job and an underpaying job and you deal with enough grief for being a cop in the first place. One more thing if someone has tattoos or a baseball camp on don’t accept they’re a gang banger. Fyi gangs don’t really exist its just an assumption. Don’t take that the wrong way. I personally could never or would want to be a Police Officer but I respect them for being one.

  • Thinblue

    Did you fear your parents when you were growing up? ??? A healthy fear of authority is call respect. You knew there were consequences for your actions. Respect (including fear ) of the Police is healthy. No consequences of authority means you have no respect to include your self. No ramifications for your actions. This is what the entire system has shown youth these days. Politics and the courts , along with piss poor parents created this monster. Now you must reap what you sow. Flynn is an ass clown.


    He is the chief law enforcement officer of the largest and most populace city in WI, and this is his idea of a plan. Between this “solution” to violent crime, and Barrett’s choo-choo solution to jobs, it’s only a matter of not-so-much time before Detroit starts to look good in comparison.

    • Klaatu

      Actually I think Flint, MI might be better……….at least they took action and are fixing their water problem…and they fired the idiots that put the problem there.

  • tk421

    So what is the chiefs explanation for the young kids getting shot and killed? They were not in a “gang”, they were not carrying “illegal” weapons…they were hanging out at a playground, or in their own house, watching TV, in the lap of a Grandparent! Put these thugs in jail! Put these thugs parents in jail! Hire more police, clean up this town!

    • ExNuke

      The problem is thugs who haven’t been taught why they put the sights on top of the gun. You can reduce violence, but never eliminate it, by teaching the gangs how to shoot and hit who/what they are trying to hit.

  • Brian Lockett

    What is so “offensive” about his list? It’s actually common sense when you think about it.
    Who’s it offensive to?… Gang members? Drug dealers? People with illegal firearms? People that run their mouth and start stuff with others for the reason of starting “stuff?”

  • Floyd

    The man speaks common sense and the zoo goes bonkers. Let them kill each other off then already. In fact, just put a big wall up around the dump and airdrop guns and ammo for the beasts. Let them slaughter each other. Problem solved.

    • Klaatu

      Have to agree with this.
      If the city leaders won’t take action to stop the thugs because of their fear that the race card will be played, and the thugs have a desire to kill each other off, then let it be so. Each day the news will tell tell stories of a decrease in useless surplus population, honest citizens may start to feel safe and the tax payers won’t have to pay for programs, special initiatives or any court costs…….just beware, some honest citizens may have to help the thug in killing themselves off when targeted for a crime.

  • James Dawson

    These street criminals generally have a rather short life. If they don’t get killed by their fellow curb-crawling comrades they eventually will rise to the level of criminality that will bring a head to head confrontation with the police. At that point they either leave the scene in a body bag in the back of a morgue wagon or in a police car heading to jail. If the later of the 2 is their route they will serve many of their best years locked up in a cage.

  • Jamie

    The city is n shambles for several reasons and the blame lies with not JUST the parents but also with the people of position. Wisconsin is a money driven state always was and will be. We elect people that promise acts of wealth for the already wealthy. Taking the opportunities from those who want to succeed and breaking the spirit of those people living them helpless and hopeless. And desperation kicks in. Then we must remember the criminals are children of former drug addicts that mentally were undeveloped and were put in a place of survival most likely since birth. That coupled with no guidance, stereotypes, no morals, or moral support, and a state full of people who had them doomed since day one. Not to mention we’re living in a time where it’s no longer what you know but WHO you know in order to gain employment and a decent wage to overcome those obstacles that were gifted to them at birth. As time progress it get worse because we all develope a super denial trait and scatomas because its become a norm. It’s really a sad state.

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