JS columnist explains why he wants Chief Flynn fired

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JS columnist explains why he wants Chief Flynn fired

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Sep 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 26, 2012

MILWAUKEE- Journal Sentinel columnist James Causey wants Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn fired, according to his article posted on the Journal Sentinel's website Tuesday.

Causey says the recently released video of Derek Williams pleading for help in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car back in July 2011 -- and later dying in police custody -- was the straw that broke the camel's back.

"This was a hard column for me to write, because I've been in Flynn's corner for quite some time," said Causey to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."

According to the Journal Sentinel's website, Causey is responsible for covering Milwaukee's inner city and urban affairs issues.

Causey, in his column, cited several recent controversies surrounding Chief Flynn in the Milwaukee community.  Causey argued the misreporting of crime stats, illegal strip search allegations and MPD's handling of the Darius Simmons homicide investigation are examples of Flynn's failure of leadership.

"He (Chief Flynn) can still regain confidence of the community, but it's going to take a lot on his part," said Causey.  "Personally, I've had it (with Flynn) but I realize the uphill battle it would take to get him out of office."

Flynn tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes" he realizes his department has work to do to gain back the community's trust.

"He (Causey) certainly is representing a significant body of community concern and upset over what they see," said Flynn.  "We in the police department have to demonstrate by our continued actions, a commitment to safety and a commitment to transparency and accountability."

Flynn says they have already made changes to the department's training in medical cases, following Derek Williams' death.