Milwaukee chief: Union vote is political move

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Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:10 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn says a union vote expressing no confidence in him is a "blatantly political move" by union leaders.

The union took the vote Thursday after Flynn fired an officer who shot and killed a man in a downtown park. Union president Mike Crivello said earlier Friday that nearly every officer who voted expressed no confidence but he would not specifically say how many of the union's 1,600 members participated.

Flynn says he believes some officers are genuinely concerned about the fired officer's welfare and want to support him. But he also says he believes union leaders are trying to use that concern to further their own power.

He says his duty is to the citizens of Milwaukee, and sometimes that means holding officers accountable.