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Milwaukee Common Council Members Bash Ousted Police Chief’s Attorney

Council Said Gimbel's Comments Implied Commissioners Were Appointed According To Race

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Downtown Milwaukee. Jeramey Jannen (CC BY)

Milwaukee Common Council members are blasting ousted Police Chief Alfonso Morales’ attorney for making what they consider racist remarks on a radio show.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Franklyn Gimbel told WTMJ Radio on Monday that former Milwaukee Police Chief Harold Brier was “an old-fashioned law and order guy if ever there was one.” He also said the city’s police commission is faltering because commissioners are appointed according to zip codes instead of their intelligence.

Brier was criticized in 1984 for making racist remarks.

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The council said Gimbel was a Brier supporter and his zip codes comment implies commissioners are appointed according to race. Gimbel maintains he has always been on the side of racial justice.