Flynn surprised by calls for resignation, says Mayor Barrett

CREATED Oct 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 4, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the calls for Chief Flynn to resign came as a shock to Milwaukee's police chief.

"I think the police chief was surprised," says Barrett.

Mayor Barrett says the last thing Chief Flynn expected at a private meeting Wednesday night was a call to resign over the Derek Williams case.

"He thought he was going to a meeting that would be a constructive meeting to address the steps that should be taken by the police department to make sure that we don't have another incident like the incident with Mr. Williams," says Barrett.

Barrett recalls his actions once the Derek Williams police squad video was released.

"When I saw the (Derek Williams) video for the first time, within 11 hours I called for an independent investigation by the US Attorney's Office."

Community leaders who were at Wednesday night's meeting, also say the chief seemed blindsided by the turn of events.

"I don't think he thought that was going to be the public sentiment," says community activist Rev. Willie Brisco.  "I think he though we were going to skip over that and get into some future things about what we had promised to work with the police department."

Common Council President Willie Hines says the investigation into the Williams case should be completed before a final decision is made on the chief's future.

"Well I understand their frustration, I understand their concerns but at the same token, that's a matter before the Fire and Police Commission," says Hines.

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is meeting with Flynn Thursday night.