A Democratic Congresswoman from Milwaukee is demanding an end to the Milwaukee Police Department’s pursuit policy, telling media that “almost no one is worth chasing.”
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI 4th District) told WTMJ Radio that police officers and civilians are put at too much risk in high speed chases, following a pursuit-related line of duty death earlier this month.
“The danger that police officers and civilians are put in [due to high speed chases] should really give us pause,” Moore said on the WTMJ afternoon news program. “Nothing is worth these high speed chases. We ought to revisit this policy.”
According to Fox6Now, 23-year-old Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr., was killed after taking off in pursuit of suspect Ladell Harrison, who later told police that he didn’t think they would go after him. During a subsequent vehicle accident, Irvine was killed and his partner -36-year-old Officer Matthew Schulze- was injured, though Schulze has since been treated and released.
A youthful and dedicated officer, Irvine had been a police explorer prior to joining the department at 19 years of age, becoming a certified police officer after turning 21.
Despite the casualties incurred, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth vehemently disagreed with Moore’s comments.
“I can’t believe she said that,” Beth told WTMJ. “What she should have said was ‘we need to strengthen the penalties for people who take off. “(Harrison) took off because he believed he would not be caught. We need to start curbing the crime, not promoting it.”
According to the Journal Sentinel, the previous ban on chasing suspects was lifted in 2017, under the leadership of MPD Chief Edward Flynn and a unanimous approval by the City Fire and Police Commission.
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