Statement in response to release of draft COPS report

With the release of the draft of the United States Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services report, the following statement may be attributed to Larry Dupuis, legal director of the ACLU of Wisconsin:

The ACLU is pleased that the draft report from the United States Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) review of the Milwaukee Police Department has finally been made public. It reflects many of the concerns that we have heard, especially from communities of color, about the MPD's aggressive pedestrian and traffic stop policies and practices, as well as about use of force, transparency and accountability.  Our lawsuit is an effort to address some of the problems that the COPS report appears to corroborate.

Unfortunately, based on his reported comments in today's Journal Sentinel, it seems Chief Flynn may be more interested in rebutting the conclusions of an agency he invited in to evaluate his department than in taking those conclusions seriously.  The ACLU will continue to press for reform of MPD's alienating occupation of Milwaukee neighborhoods, which routinely results in unlawful stops and frisks and seriously interferes with the essential trust between police and communities.  We hope that this report will encourage the leadership of both the Milwaukee Police Department and the Fire and Police Commission to engage in meaningful dialogue about how to address these longstanding issues.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017