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Maayan Silver

Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission has voted a second time to name Alfonso Morales chief of police until early 2020.

This past February, when Edward Flynn retired, the citizen panel promoted Morales from the position of captain to that of interim chief. Many people assumed Morales would remain in that role until the commission completed a search for Flynn's replacement. Then last month, the panel decided Morales should serve out Flynn's four-year term, which would have ended in 2020.

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Milwaukeeans looking for solutions to a tense climate between communities and the police force could look to the city of Cincinnati as an example. The area's population is comparable to Milwaukee, and has dealt with many of the same issues of mistrust between law enforcement and minority communities. 

But years of work in Cincinnati has led to a different climate. Their model for change is one that a group called the Community Coalition for Quality Policing would like to see implemented in Milwaukee.

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The work of police departments around the country has been under particular scrutiny in the last year. Some high profile shootings by police – and of police - have strained the relationship between some departments and the communities they are sworn to protect. 

On the afternoon of April 13, 2014, Dontre Hamilton was lying on the ground near a bench in a Milwaukee city park. A police officer on patrol walked over to Hamilton and asked him to stand up. Their encounter would end in disaster.

Elliot Hughes

After years of traffic fatalities and injury accidents trending down, both are now on the rise and are soaring to levels not seen in recent years. As police regroup, Milwaukee residents are grappling with the idea that a green light doesn’t mean it’s safe to go.

One night last November, Nicole Demmith was washing the dishes at her home near the intersection of Muskego and Becher streets when she heard yet another car accident outside her door — only this one came with a particularly awful clap of thunder and metal.

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The American Civil Liberties Union released an in-depth analysis Milwaukee Police Department records Wednesday. The ACLU says it found a pattern of problems with how stops in Milwaukee are being conducted.

Outside experts found that nearly half of the vehicular stops they analyzed failed to cite a probable cause. For pedestrian stops, it was nearly 60 percent.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Milwaukee Police Department of violating the rights of people of color by engaging in unconstitutional stops.

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The Milwaukee County District Attorney is investigating the death of a 22-year-old West Milwaukee man who died after being tased by police.

Adam Trammell suffered from schizophrenia, so mental health advocates are watching the case develop.

Officers entered Trammell's home last May, after receiving calls from a neighbor that he was behaving erratically. He was tased repeatedly and died soon after he was taken to the hospital.

Prosecutors are reviewing possible criminal charges against three West Milwaukee police officers who allegedly used a stun gun on a man suffering from mental illness -- who later died. A medical examiner's report says the use of taser shocks led to the death of 22-year-old Adam Trammel in West Milwaukee last May. 

Teran Powell

Milwaukee’s search for an interim police chief is down to two candidates - Inspector Michael Brunson and Captain Alfonso Morales. 

Assistant Police Chief James Harpole withdrew his candidacy and announced his retirement days before the three were set to attend a public forum.

Last night, the two remaining candidates had the chance to answer questions from the community, and explain how their experiences in law enforcement would influence their role as chief.

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Ahead of his retirement, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn sat down with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich for a wide-ranging discussion about his time in office, the issues confronting Milwaukee today, and the challenges that will face the next Chief of Police.

Flynn’s tenure has been an eventful one. Violent crime has fallen, risen, and fallen again in the last decade. There have been several high-profile officer-involved shootings that have strained the relationship between some members of the community and members of the force.

Teran Powell

Milwaukee’s search for an interim police chief is on.

With just a few weeks before Chief Edward Flynn retires, the Fire and Police Commission has started interviews. Meanwhile city officials are expressing what they want in a chief.

Throughout Edward Flynn's 10 years in office, his supporters defended his approach to tracking and fighting crime.

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The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has exactly one month to name an acting replacement for Police Chief Edward Flynn. Flynn recently announced that he will retire from his position on February 16. Now, the Commission must name an acting chief, even as it goes about the business of hiring a new chief for a full four-year term.

George Kelling will likely watch this search from a distance, but with interest. Kelling is a retired police researcher and professor emeritus at Northeastern University and Rutgers University, and a fellow for 20 years at Harvard University.

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Members of the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission will meet later this week to discuss the process of appointing an acting chief of police. That meeting comes a few days after current Police Chief Edward Flynn announced his retirement.

Flynn has been the chief of police for the past decade and will step down six weeks from now.

READ: Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn to Retire

Marti Mikkelson

The chair of the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety committee didn’t mince words Tuesday, when he outlined the qualities he would like to see in the next police chief. Ald. Bob Donovan has been a longtime critic of Chief Edward Flynn, who announced he’ll be retiring next month. 

Donovan gave what he called the “State of Public Safety in the City” address at City Hall on Tuesday. It included what he wants to see in the next police chief, and also a broader plan for reducing crime.

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