Barrett spoke at UAW luncheon when Milwaukee law enforcement ceremony occurred

CREATED May 18, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- We have new information about what Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was doing when he missed the Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Ceremony on Wednesday.

The ceremony is a tribute to those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  It was attended by Governor Walker, Attorney General JB Van Hollen, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, and numerous other political and law enforcement officials.  Tom Barrett was not there.

Thursday, I showed up at a Barrett press conference to ask him about his absence.  He told me that he was traveling the state.  I asked him to be specific about where he was the day before.  He told me he couldn't remember.  He told me he would get back to me after consulting his schedule.

Friday morning I came into work and hoping to have an email or phone message with the information I was promised.  There was nothing.  As the day went on, there was still nothing.  I began to look into it myself and discovered that Mayor Barrett was actually speaking at a luncheon for retired United Auto Workers in Oshkosh at the exact same time that the fallen officers memorial was taking place in Milwaukee.  Barrett spoke to a room of about 50 UAW union members.

Friday afternoon I had the chance to speak to Michael Hasenstab.  His brother, Steven Hasenstab was killed in a squad car crash in 1989.  Hasenstab was at Wednesday's ceremony.  "I am disappointed that the mayor wasn't with us at the ceremony," Hasenstab told me.  "I guess we know where his priorities are by where he spent his time."