Chief Flynn apologizes for walking out of public meeting about teen's murder
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. | Photo: TODAY'S TMJ4 HD
MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said he's sorry for walking out of a public meeting at Rufus King High School three weeks ago regarding the department's investigation into a Milwaukee teen's murder.
The meeting with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission went from friendly to frenzied after Chief Flynn said he had a prior engagement and wouldn't be staying to hear from the public about the deadly shooting of 13-year-old Darius Simmons.
"I apologize. This should have been sorted out beforehand. There was a long standing prior engagement. I had no idea that they had no idea that I was going to be leaving," said Flynn on Friday.
"So there were red faces all around -- trust me. I would have been happy to take questions and answer them if I didn't have to be somewhere else. I was already late. 200 people were waiting for me."
An unarmed 13-year-old Darius Simmons was shot by his neighbor, 75-year-old John Spooner on May 31. Spooner claimed the teen previously broke into his house.
The lawyer for Spooner says his client plans to use an insanity defense.