Chaos at City Hall about reinstated MPD officer who punched woman

CREATED Dec 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 7, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A fired Milwaukee Police officer who initially won his job back may not be returning after all.

Videotape showed Milwaukee Police officer Richard Schoen punching Jeanine Tracy while she was in handcuffs.

A meeting at City Hall about the officer's status Thursday night became so chaotic that protesters forced it to end early.

In the end, protesters got what they wanted - another chance to keep the officer off the job.

"Hey hey, ho ho," were among the chants coming from protesters as the head of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission meeting pounded a gavel to try and stop it.

The commission came under fire for re-hiring a police officer who punched a handcuffed woman in the face.

During the meeting, they announced they would re-assess that decision next week.

Chief Police Ed Flynn hopes the commission's second meeting ends with a different result than the first.

He had originally fired the officer before the commission re-instated him.

"It's an encouraging sign, and I'm hoping we can repair some of the damage here," said Flynn to TODAY'S TMJ4.

Still, the anger and frustration among the crowd was so thick, that protesters didn't realize they had won their cause of bringing about a second meeting about the officer's employment status.

Protesters called on the entire commission to be replaced.

"We feel compelled to see something done."

Commissioners never adjourned the meeting.  They left when the crowd confronted Flynn, demanding that he leave Milwaukee.

The commission will meet again on Tuesday.