Milwaukee Police Chief Refuses To Respect Open Carry Law (William Grigg, AxXiom For Liberty blog, 4/29/09)

Go to http://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/milwaukees-criminal-iacp-member-police-chief-and-civilian-disarmament/ for a version of this excellent blog post with active links and other material on this topic, or see below for the text of the article. Here is the contact info for Milwaukee's mayor and city council members. I hope you will write and/or call them, and tell them to rein in their city's authoritarian police chief or give him the boot! And for those of you in Wisconsin, please spread the word to other Libertarians in your area. I copied those of you on this message whose email addresses were readily copyable from your state party website.

Love & Liberty,
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City of Milwaukee Common Council Member Contact List

Mayor Tom Barrett - Office of the Mayor
City Hall, Room 201
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2200
Fax: (414) 286-3191
mayor@...
Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. - 15th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
Home Phone: (414) 871-6807
whines@...
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton - 1st District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone:(414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
TDD: (414) 286-2025
After Hours Phone: (414) 286-2150
ahamil@...
Alderman Joe Davis - 2nd District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
jldavis@...
Alderman Nik Kovac - 3rd District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
After Hours Phone: 414-286-2150
nkovac@...
Alderman Robert J. Bauman - 4th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-3532
Fax: (414) 286-3456
After Hours Phone: (414) 286-2150
rjbauma@...
Alderman James A. Bohl, Jr. - 5th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-3870
Fax: (414) 286-3456
TDD: (414) 286-2025
After Hours Phone: (414) 286-2150
jbohl@...
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs - 6th District Alderwoman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
After Hours Phone: (414) 286-2150
mcoggs@...
Alderman Willie C. Wade - 7th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
wwade@...
Alderman Robert G. Donovan - 8th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-3533
Fax: (414) 286-3456
rdonov@...
Alderman Robert W. Puente - 9th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
TDD: (414) 286-2025
rpuent@...
Alderman Michael J. Murphy - 10th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
After Hours Phone: (414) 286-2150
mmurph@...
Alderman Joe Dudzik -11th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-3768
Fax: (414) 286-3456
Home Phone: (414) 541-2067
jdudzi@...
Alderman James N. Witkowiak - 12th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-2221
Fax: (414) 286-3456
jwitko@...
Alderman Terry L. Witkowski - 13th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Residence: 3972 S. 1st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207 Office Phone: (414) 286-8537
Fax: (414) 286-3456
TDD: (414) 286-2025
After Hours Phone: (414) 286-2150
Home Phone: (414) 731-0472
twitko@milwaukee.gov
Alderman Tony Zielinski -14th District Alderman
City Hall, Room 205
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Office Phone: (414) 286-3769
Fax: (414) 286-3456
TDD: (414) 286-2025
Home Phone: (414) 744-1802
tzieli@milwaukee.gov

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Milwaukee’s Criminal IACP-member Police Chief and Civilian Disarmament
April 29, 2009

Milwaukee’s Criminal Police Chief and Civilian Disarmament

by William Grigg

at April 24, 2009 02:02 PM
In August of last year, Brad Krause of West Allis, Wisconsin was planting a tree in his own backyard when he was ambushed by police.

Krause’s next-door neighbor, the type of timorous busy-body upon whom the Homeland Security State’s snitching apparatus depends, had called the police to complain that Krause was wearing a sidearm. Krause is a law-abiding and inoffensive person, but the mere sight of a private citizen carrying a gun made his neighbor suspicious.

So the cops arrived, Krause was disarmed, and — there being no law in Wisconsin against the open carrying of a handgun — Krauss was charged with “disorderly conduct.” That spurious charge was eventually dismissed. But the police, who didn’t provide Krause with a receipt for his gun, refused to return it to him.

On April 20, Wisconsin state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a memorandum intended to clarify whether “a person has the right to openly carry a firearm” without being subject to a charge of disorderly conduct.

While Wisconsin state law forbids citizens to exercise their right to carry concealed weapons, there is no statute banning them from carrying them openly, a fact grudgingly admitted in Van Hollen’s memorandum: “The Department believes that mere open carry of a firearm, absent additional facts and circumstances, should not result in a disorderly conduct charge.”

That ruling prompted a remarkably arrogant response from Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn: “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.” (Emphasis added.)

Note well how Flynn referred to his police personnel as “my troops,” an ironically appropriate designation in light of the fact that he clearly considers himself to be the dictator of a military occupation force, rather than the director of a civilian police agency.

Flynn invokes the fact that Milwaukee has witnessed nearly 200 homicides over the past two years as justification for the defiant orders given to “his troops.”

That fact underscores the need for citizens to retain the ability to defend themselves against lawless assaults immediately, rather than waiting for the police to arrive — by which time they have little left to do other than draw chalk outlines and string up crime scene tape.

Chief Flynn, it should be noted, has mingled with the elite. Before being tapped to head the scandal-plagued Milwaukee PD in January 2008, he had been police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts and served stints as Chief of Police in Braintree and Chelsea, as well as Arlington, Virginia. He also served as Mitt Romney’s Homeland Security adviser.

Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, the National Executive Institute, and a former fellow at the Harvard School of Government. He sits on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Clearly, Flynn is no marginal figure, a fact that makes his perspective on civilian disarmament and militarization of law enforcement a matter of national concern.

In his own backyard???

-Derek