U.S. Congresswoman Tells Milwaukee PD Not To Pursue Suspects

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A U.S. congresswoman wants Milwaukee to change its pursuit policy after an officer was killed in a crash on June 7.

Milwaukee, WI – A U.S. congresswoman from Milwaukee said she thought the police department needed to revisit its pursuit policy because “almost no one is worth chasing,” WTMJ reported.

U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) shared her opinion on police tactics on Tuesday in the wake of the death of 23-year-old Milwaukee Police Officer Charley Irvine on June 7.

Most notably, the congressional representative from the fallen officer’s district said she wanted to restrict police officers’ responses rather than increase penalties on the criminal offenders.

"The danger that police officers and civilians are put in [due to high speed chases] should really give us pause," Moore told WTMJ. "Nothing is worth these high speed chases. We ought to revisit this policy."

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn changed the department’s chase policy in September of 2017, and his revisions were approved unanimously by the city’s Fire and Police Commission, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Previously, officers could only pursue a vehicle if they had probable cause to believe the vehicle or its occupants had been involved in a violent felony, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Under the new policy, Milwaukee officers were also permitted to chase if the occupants were "engaged in drug dealing proximate in time" to the beginning of the pursuit.

Chief Flynn’s new policy also allowed a chase when the "necessity of immediate apprehension outweighs the level of danger created by the vehicle pursuit, as in the case of the vehicle engaged in reckless driving,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said he strongly disagreed with Moore’s assertion that police pursuits were the problem.

"I can't believe she said that," Sheriff Beth told WTMJ on Wednesday. "What she should have said was 'we need to strengthen the penalties for people who take off.'"

More suspects will run if they know they cannot be chased, he said.

In the recent incident that led to one Milwaukee officer being killed, and another seriously wounded, in a high-speed pursuit, the driver of the suspect car told investigating officers afterward that he didn’t know they were allowed to chase him.

"[Harrison] took off because he believed he would not be caught," Sheriff Beth said. "We need to start curbing the crime, not promoting it."

“I thought you guys couldn’t pursue vehicles unless it was a felony,” Harrison told detectives after the police car chasing him flipped over, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Harrison later told police that he’d fled police because he knew his license was revoked, and he had a gun in the car, along with his five-year-old son, according to WITI.

The community was outraged to learn that Harrison had just been released from jail.

Despite the fact that Harrison had twice failed to show up for court after his license had been revoked, Milwaukee County court commissioner Barry Phillips released Harrison on a signature bond, WITI reported.

This means that Harrison only needed to sign a paper promising to pay $500 if he didn't show up for court.

Wisconsin State Representative Joe Sanfelippo expressed his outrage and said Harrison should not have been out free on the streets.

"[Harrison] has already shown that he's not going to follow the law," Sanfelippo told WITI. "To turn around and release him on a signature bond again? It's foolish. It's mind-boggling, and it shows a callous disregard for public safety."

Harrison has an extensive history of driving-related offenses.

Police caught him driving with a suspended license for the second time in 2010, WITI reported.

In 2017, Harrison was arrested by Wauwatosa police for driving with a license that had already been revoked for a DUI the prior fall. The criminal complaint said he also had a counterfeit license plate on his car at that time.

Harrison skipped court on two occasions in 2017, and arrest warrants were issued after each failure to appear, WITI reported.

The first time, a different court commissioner gave him a $100 signature bond. The second time, Phillips set a signature bond at $500.

Nine days later, Officer Irvine was dead, and then Harrison was arrested using the fallen officer’s handcuffs.

"All he got was a slap on the wrist and then it escalates each time to the point now, where he gets into this chase with the police officers, where we end up with one dead cop and one seriously injured cop," Sanfelippo said.

Comments (25)
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bronx163
bronx163

Let it all implode.

bronx163
bronx163

Do nothing let them kill each other.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wow, sounds like she read my comments on the thread here at Blue Lives Matter.

Betts122
Betts122

Too many dimwits like Rep. Gwen Moore are holding office in City, State and Federal levels. Most (not all) of these people think because they hold one of these positions they have the right to re-write the laws. The suggestions or their ideas that they put forward are totally unreasonable and are meant to protect the minority criminals.

voiceoftreason
voiceoftreason

These goddamned morons are turning this world into both 'Idiocracy' and 'Demolition Man' pretty soon officers will be forced to respond to an axe murderer with "Please enhance your calm". Can we stop electing these mouth breathing affirmative action politicians with their native 70 IQ's and get some actual humans with some semblance of intelligence to do the job?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Betts122: the proposal is also meant to protect people like Officer Irvine

BPL
BPL

What ???? Police jobs are difficult every day. Let the Police (who are involved) handle the matter!

BPL
BPL

This does not help Police in day to day dangerous situations! Maybe better to make some laws for those who kill Officers. And while at it, get the rabble constantly marching. May make a law that these Parents who are not teaching kids while young : this is right: this is WRONG

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Says the woman who's a little fashion-challenged, but definitely legally-challenged.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Stop pursuing and theft, hit and runs and all kinds of crime will increase. We had a domestic where the extent of the victim's injuries had not yet been determined so they called it off, it was later determined to be a felony. The suspect had run from me on three previous occasions (where bosses terminated the pursuit), he had run from a neighboring city after a different domestic and was later arrested for murdering a witness. He's probably still in Wyandotte County KS jail (Jeffrey Platt Jr). I wonder if he knew we couldn't pursue and if that contributed to his success as a turd. If you start letting people run, there will be serious consequences.

Pat1978
Pat1978

There is a need for more pursuit training

Pat1978
Pat1978

Also, extremely infrequent pursuits are less safe because officers are lacking experience and the clearer head that comes with it.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

If you are fleeing the police and are involved in a vehicle pursuit it should be a mandated 5 year prison sentence. Then see how many run for such stupid things as a revoked license or a bag of weed.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

And if they do run for those reasons then they should be locked up because they are too stupid to be left unattended in society.

I_raped_HCD
I_raped_HCD

No problem don't pursue criminals. But make the judges' impose the maximum sentence on repeat felony offenders with mandatory minimums so there's lots less fuck fucks to pursue to begin with.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Nice........her constituents are criminals of all sorts, and now she's protecting her voter base. Go figure huh ?

Fearless Foe
Fearless Foe

Sounds like that district needs a new Representative in Congress!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

We don't really want the police to do their job if it involves chasing and arresting my voters. Just ride around in your police cars smile and wave at the criminals as they run away from you.

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

So she makes a suggestion that is actually obstruction of justice!

Katarina
Katarina

I feel awful for this officer and his family that died due to this chase. But the fact that the suspect ADMITTED that he ran thinking he wouldn't be chased says it all. Crime will skyrocket when criminals are permitted to comit a crime and run. I agree completely with mandatory jail time for anyone who flees regardless of their crime. Let the officer involved decide if the situation is worth the chase. It is also nuts to have to have a supervisor's permission when they aren't even present. Why try to dump responsibility on someone not involved in the situation.

I wish Karma would come and bite all these goofy judges who allow signature bonds for these repeat offenders. Let them or their families become a victim and see how long they continue.

JT Wills
JT Wills

Has she ever been a "Police Officer".?. She Obviously Does NOT understand the words "Protect and Serve" and has NO Idea what the words "Law Enforcement" really mean. She's a Disgrace to the People of Milwaukee and America, she's Sickening and a criminal's delight.

LSJ
LSJ

If she was a victim she would want us to chase them to the ends of the earth. Politicians shut up and do their need to job, like passing laws that actually discourage criminals instead of empowering them.

Walt 324
Walt 324

Why do these people who live in gated communities with armed security never think how there decisions affect the common man. We must pass laws to discourage criminal behavior instead of empowering them with the right to run but not to be pursued.

61mouse
61mouse

So in other words she doesn't want them to Pursue her brothers and sisters . AKA Scumbamms sons and daughters


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