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Flynn: Profiling not reason for MPD pulling over more African-Americans

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn

Flynn: Profiling not reason for MPD pulling over more African-Americans

By Dan O'Donnell and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Dec 5, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn is responding to a Journal Sentinel study that found African-American drivers are far more likely than white drivers to be pulled over in the City of Milwaukee.

Flynn tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's WTMJ's Charlie Sykes that the main reason for the discrepancy is not racial profiling

"It all depends what discrepancy you think is important," said Flynn on 620WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes" on Monday.

"I kind of think it's important that a black male in Milwaukee is 14 times as likely to be the victim of a murder than anybody else.  We can talk all we want about these arcane formulas the Journal Sentinel comes up to shoehorn their previous position against the Milwaukee Police Department and justify it.  The bottom line is, we're the institution being asked by the communities afflicted with high crime rates to do something about it."

Flynn said that the communities his officers patrol are primarily African-American.

"In Milwaukee, those communities are primarily populated by people of color, and they're demanding that their police department get busy, mix it up on the streets with those guys who are robbing them, raping them, shooting them and breaking into their houses.  That's what we're doing."

Newsradio 620 WTMJ has reached out to the Journal Sentinel for their take on this story.