I have a lengthy history as a journalist, and I know a campaign when I see one. It's true of the crazy birther movement. It's true of the MSNBC relentless assault on Mitt Romney's taxes. It's true of Rush Limbaugh and his acolytes in their campaign against women's rights. The Journal Sentinel coverage of the Milwaukee Police Department has that same kind of odor to me.
Nine members of the Common Council issued a statement today lambasting The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for its handling of an investigation into misreporting of crime data by the Milwaukee Police Department.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn wrote a letter to the community sharing crime numbers from the first six months of 2011. There has been a continued drop in crime for the first half of this year as it has been every year since since 2007.
While Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn spent most of his time in the spotlight asking that his officers not be furloughed for four days, the Common Council's Finance Committee essentially glossed over a report that the MPD has spent $17.5 million on a radio system that doesn't work and won't be fixed.
A Milwaukee Police Department report said there were 71 homicides in Milwaukee last year, compared with 105 in 2007. Chief Edward Flynn and his staff cited the fact that two-thirds fewer young black males died violent deaths on city streets and the number of people killed by firearms dropped by nearly one-half.
"We never forget that every number represents a human life," Flynn said.
October 17th, 2012 – Milwaukee, WI “The best revenge is massive success.” That’s one of my very favorite quotes of all time, and it comes from Frank Sinatra. If there was ever anyone who got his revenge, it was him. Who else is even close when it comes to s...