- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The union representing Milwaukee police officers is holding a no-confidence vote over the police chief’s firing of an officer involved in a fatal shooting.

The Milwaukee Police Association will hold the no-confidence vote for Chief Edward Flynn on Thursday.

Union president Mike Crivello told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/ZRo9MW ) that Flynn’s firing of Officer Christopher Manney broke morale among officers. The vote will be nonbinding, but Crivello hopes it will send a message to city leaders, and he suggested it’s time for a new chief.

“The chief did not take time to talk to the officer that he fired. He takes someone’s job that callously, then we too would take his job that callously,” Crivello said.

Flynn said in a statement that the union has a right to express displeasure.

“The moment a chief decides to worry more about his popularity with his officers than doing the right thing, he has become ineffective as a chief,” he said.

Flynn said he fired Manney not because of the use of force, but because he didn’t follow rules in the moments before the shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Flynn said as a result, there was a struggle in which deadly force became Manney’s only option.

Hamilton, 31, was shot 14 times in Red Arrow Park on April 30. Flynn fired Manney on Oct. 14, saying Manney decided Hamilton was dangerous “based solely on observations of apparent mental illness, absent any overt actions on the part of Mr. Hamilton.”

Manney is believed to be the first officer in the city fired as a result of a fatal on-duty shooting in at least 45 years. He has appealed his termination.

Crivello said prosecutors have not yet decided whether to charge Manney.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com


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