Flynn, detectives to talk about Darius Simmons homicide investigation

CREATED Jul 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 12, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn is expected to talk Thursday night at Rufus King High School about the investigation into the murder of a 13-year-old boy.

MPD came under fire for the way officers treated Darius Simmons' mother.

Homicide detectives along with the chief will speak to the Police and Fire Commission about why they decided to keep Darius Simmons's mother in a squad after watching her neighbor shoot her son.  But the family doesn't just want answers, they want an apology.

The murder of 13-year-old Darius Simmons outraged people on many levels.  Police arrested and charged his 75-year-old neighbor, John Spooner for shooting the unarmed teen.  Spooner believed Simmons broke into his house.

"I don't think anyone can understand how Mr. Spooner could shoot Darius Simmons looking at him in the eyes five feet away in chest, watch him turn run away and shoot at him again," said the Simmons family attorney Jonathan Safran.

As the case plays out in court. one aspect of the investigation remains very public, the way officers treated Simmons's mother, Patricia Larry, at the scene after she witnessed her son's murder

"She was in back of squad for close to two hours," said Safran.
"They go by the book and there are times when the book seems harsh," said Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn.

Safran said he the mother felt officers were insensitive, but was just as upset by chief's response back in June.

"Six months from now when those detectives are getting drilled about the accuracy of those statements, nobody in that community is going to want to know about the compassion to the family," said Flynn.

According to the family's attorney, "Whether it's an apology, I don't know, but at least a clarification I think is certainly deserved to Ms. Larry and her family as well as the community."

Police Chief Flynn will address some of those concerns to Police and Fire Commission, but we'll have to wait to see if he backs down and offers that apology.

Darius Simmons's mother will not attend Thursday's meeting -- which is expected to start around 5:30 p.m.