Judge Reverses Decision To Demote Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales

Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission Voted Unanimously To Demote Morales In August

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales. Milwaukee Police Department

A judge has given Milwaukee’s ousted police chief his job back, just days after the board that demoted him selected a new acting chief.

Judge Christopher Foley on Friday reversed the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission’s August decision to demote Alfonso Morales.

Morales subsequently retired, sued and requested a judicial review of the decision. It’s unclear what happens next. The judge only reversed the decision and did not give further instructions.

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The ruling comes as the commission continues to search for a permanent police chief after deadlocking on two external candidates. Commissioners had criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people.