Rep. Young wants Chief Flynn to resign; more people of color in MPD

Matt Montgomery

State Representative Leon Young (D.-Milw.) | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rep. Young wants Chief Flynn to resign; more people of color in MPD

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Oct 11, 2012

MILWAUKEE- Wisconsin state Rep. Leon Young is the latest official to get behind the movement to oust Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn from power.

Young represents the 16th Assembly District -- which encompasses a good portion of Milwaukee -- and believes Chief Flynn should step down following the recent firestorm surrounding Milwaukee's Police Department.

"I think it's time for Chief Flynn to go," says Young to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."

Young, a former Milwaukee police officer, believes the issues surrounding the Milwaukee Police Department run deeper than Flynn.  While he supports the removal of Flynn, Young sees that as just the first step.

"What we are going to have to do is start hiring more people of color," says Young.  "Not just people of color, but we need to get people on the department that are from Milwaukee."

Young says that solution would take some time to implement, but insists it's needed with community relations strained at the moment.  TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that Milwaukee community members are circulating a petition to oust Flynn due to his poor leadership, community relations and his handling of the Darius Simmons and Derek Williams cases.

With respect to the Williams case -- where Williams died in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car after pleading for help -- Rep. Young says he arrested several suspects trying to cause problems in the back of squad cars.  However, Young says if someone is pleading and asking for medical attention, it shouldn't be that hard to call for medical help.

In response to the Derek Williams death, Chief Flynn told TODAY'S TMJ4's Carole Meekins in an exclusive one-on-one interview that he is implementing new police procedures.  One of those procedures is for officers to call for an ambulance if a suspect asks for medical attention.