MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee police have taken a vote that expresses no confidence in their chief after he fired a white officer who shot and killed a black man in a downtown park.
Union president Mike Crivello announced Friday that about 99 percent of the votes expressed no confidence in Chief Edward Flynn.
He did not say how many of the union's 1,600 officers voted, only that it was a majority.
Officers are angry over the firing of Christopher Manney, who shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30. Hamilton had been sleeping in the park. The two struggled during a pat down and Hamilton grabbed the officer's baton and struck him in the neck. Manney then shot Hamilton 14 times.
Flynn said he fired Manney for instigating the fight.