Milwaukee Police Chief Says to Hell With the Rule of Law

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

After Wisconsin’s attorney general said it’s legal to open carry in his state, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn responded:

“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.”

Milwaukee’s first problem is that it has a police chief who refers to the city’s peace officers as “my troops.”

No wonder the city’s force includes cops like Det. Kent Corbett, who actually wrote a letter to the editor of National Review in defense of the Maryland raid on Mayor Cheye Calvo. Not in defense of the use of SWAT teams or drug raids in general, but of the specific (and violent, and mistaken) raid on Calvo.

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58 Responses to “Milwaukee Police Chief Says to Hell With the Rule of Law”

  1. #1 |  Fred | 

    “you just can’t lump all cops as jackbooted thugs on a power trip.”

    No – just the ones that didn’t issue a public statement that they will disregard this illegal order.

    Just the ones that didn’t issue a public statement condemning “Chief” Flynn’s call for crime.

    Just the ones that arrested “Chief” Flynn for conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, battery, grand theft, etc.

    All those cops, those are the good cops.

  2. #2 |  Fred | 

    correction:

    “you just can’t lump all cops as jackbooted thugs on a power trip.”

    No, the good cops are the ones that issued a public statement that they will disregard this illegal order.

    The good cops are the ones that didn’t issue a public statement condemning “Chief” Flynn’s call for crime.

    The good cops are the ones that arrested “Chief” Flynn for conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, battery, grand theft, etc.

    It’s only the others that are jackbooted thugs on a power trip. And/or cowards.

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  8. #8 |  Bergman | 

    Simple Solution:

    Wisconsin police are not immune to citizen’s arrest. It’s reasonable to assume that anyone who swears an oath will keep it. After all, our entire court system runs on this reasonable belief. A guy in police uniform violating that oath is obviously an impersonator, not a real cop.

    Impersonating a police officer is a misdemeanor, which increases to a felony if the impersonation is to aid or abet the commission of a crime. Assault and battery are crimes, and dressing as a police officer causes law-abiding citizens to not resist those crimes, thus aiding and abetting the commission of those crimes.

    A public official using his official authority under color of law to violate a constitutional right, such as the right to keep and bear arms, violates Title 18, Chapter 13, Section 242 of the U.S. code. In other words, he commits a crime.

    If a person in a police uniform violates the police oath and commits a federal crime, it is reasonable to assume that they are a police impersonator. So tackle them, take their gun away, and hold them at gunpoint until you can verify whether they can lawfully wear the uniform or not.

    Hey, if it were illegal to do that, real cops wouldn’t do that, right?