Protesters furious Chief Flynn didn't take questions at public meeting on teen's death
MILWAUKEE- A special meeting Thursday night at Rufus King High School was supposed to be a chance for people to voice their concerns about how the police handled the death of 13-year-old Darius Simmons.
The meeting with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission went from friendly to frenzied after Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said he had a prior engagement and wouldn't be staying to hear from the public about the shooting of the Milwaukee teenager.
About 75 people stood up and stomped out.
"Without them being here to listen to the concerns of the people, we understand this message will again go null and void," said a man from Occupy The Hood, a protest movement started in 2011 in response to Occupy Wall Street.
An unarmed Simmons was shot by his neighbor, 75-year-old John Spooner on May 31. Spooner claimed the teen previously broke into his house.
The case outraged many, criticizing the officers' decision to hold Simmons's mother for questioning -- keeping her from her son as he was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Before the meeting went bad, the chief defended his department.
"We believe that our methodical, complete and thorough investigation in this case will ensure justice for Darius Simmons," said Chief Flynn.
Simmons's mother, Patricia Larry, wasn't at the meeting but her attorney was, and wished the chief would have offered up more answers.
"I would say surprising and disappointing," said the family's attorney Jonathan Safran on Flynn's remarks.
And enough to make that crowd, furious.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was also there Thursday and also left before the crowd erupted.
Members of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission declined to comment about what happened.