Milwaukee Police Chief SLAMS Conceal Carry
Milwaukee Police Chief, and transplant from New York, Ed Flynn recently slammed Wisconsin’s conceal carry laws, saying “It’s an irresponsible law passed by irresponsible legislatures who are more interested in ideological points and I’d sure as hell like some more community outrage about that because that’s what driving the violence in this city and too many public officials are silent on it.”
Mike Crivello, president of the Milwaukee Police Association, the police union took issue with Flynn’s comments.
“I have never had a conversation with you, chief, relative to you displaying that we are arresting an overwhelming amount of people, or even one person, who’s committed a crime while carrying a CCW (permit,)” Crivello said.
Flynn claims that legal gun owners act as protection for drug dealers, saying that is legal and there’s nothing he can do about it. Chief Flynn is apparently unaware of the laws regarding accessories to crimes. Wisconsin statute 939.05 explicitly says:
(1) Whoever is concerned in the commission of a crime is a principal and may be charged with and convicted of the commission of the crime although the person did not directly commit it and although the person who directly committed it has not been convicted or has been convicted of some other degree of the crime or of some other crime based on the same act.
(2) A person is concerned in the commission of the crime if the person:
(a) Directly commits the crime; or
(b) Intentionally aids and abets the commission of it; or
(c) Is a party to a conspiracy with another to commit it or advises, hires, counsels or otherwise procures another to commit it. Such a party is also concerned in the commission of any other crime which is committed in pursuance of the intended crime and which under the circumstances is a natural and probable consequence of the intended crime. This paragraph does not apply to a person who voluntarily changes his or her mind and no longer desires that the crime be committed and notifies the other parties concerned of his or her withdrawal within a reasonable time before the commission of the crime so as to allow the others also to withdraw.
This is hardly Flynn’s first endeavor into saying stupid things about gun laws and civil rights. In July of 2016, he appeared at a town hall forum with then-President Obama, and begged for the President’s help in creating new gun restrictions.
Then in August of 2016, he told the Marshall Project that open carriers are responsible for killing babies, saying “I mean, you can’t kill enough babies [to change the politics of guns]. I don’t think you can kill enough police officers. Despite these dreadful casualties, nope, they’re not going to change.”
In 2009 he made these alarming and dangerous orders to his rank-and-file officers regarding open carriers. “My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it,”
All of this has caused Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to offer sharp retorts, calling Flynn a liar and saying “Flynn is an anti-gun zealot,” Clarke said. “He works for an anti-gun mayor, Tom Barrett, who’s a prominent member of the Mayors Against Gun, Mayors Against the Second Amendment. He’s just carrying water for that group.”