DOJ Halts Review Of Milwaukee Police Department

Agency Program Change Will Shift Focus To Crime Prevention

Milwaukee Police car
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The U.S. Department of Justice has halted a review of Milwaukee’s police department.

The DOJ says it’s changing a program that once focused on improving trust between police and communities. The initiative will now focus instead on helping local law enforcement fight crime.

A department spokeswoman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that cities such as Milwaukee that were currently under federal review will be moved into the new version of program.

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As a result, those agencies will not get federal help to boost accountability or to implement reforms.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn had requested the collaborative reform review in 2015 after federal prosecutors declined to charge Christopher Manney, a now-fired white officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, who was black, in the city’s Red Arrow Park.