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Barrett defends MPD, says people in Milwaukee are safe after mob attacks

CREATED Jul 6, 2011

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  • Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE - The Mayor of Milwaukee is defending Police Chief Ed Flynn, saying he thinks people who live in his city are safe after the recent attacks in Riverwest on July 3rd and the early morning of July 4th.

"I want to catch these people.  I don't want this to happen in any neighborhood in our community," said Barrett on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"It was an unusual situation, but again, I'm not going to minimize what happened there at all."

The mayor thinks the police are doing a good job investigating them.

He said police were on scene at the BP gas station on the corner of North Humboldt and East North Avenues very quickly.

"I know for the gas station incident, for example, they were there within two minutes."

As for the attacks in nearby Reservoir Park, Barrett explained more information is coming in.

"We now have more reports of people who have been victimized.  They stepped forward yesterday, and so the police will continue to do as they can," Barrett told us.

Barrett says he doesn't think the MPD tried to downplay the ordeal or cover up what happened, but they just used the information they had at the time.

"I wasn't at the scene.  I can't judge this," explained Barrett, who added, "My experience with the Milwaukee Police has been very positive in terms of their response.  I'm sure it was a frustrating situation because there were a lot of things that were flying around, so I think there was concern, and I understand that concern."