Mayor Barrett voices support for MPD

CREATED Aug 26, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- On Tuesday, Mayor Tom Barrett offered his own voice to support MPD in its use of force and conduct.

"I think what the police have done has been very professional," Barrett told TODAY'S TMJ4. 
 
Here in Milwaukee, the death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton instigated these protests. Hamilton was shot by a police officer in Red Arrow Park.
 
"I've been very very pleased that all the demonstrations have been peaceful and police have acted professionally, and it's because of the professional police that we're avoiding problems you see in other cities," Barrett explained.
 
Still, tensions remain even more volatile because of what's happening in other cities, like Ferguson, MO. There, police released the name of an officer involved who shot a black teenager and officers arrested violent protesters. President Obama even sent in help.
 
"I think the situation in Ferguson is unique and tragic, so I don't expect the federal government to address local issues," Barrett said.
 
Barrett also expressed support for more checks and balances on police officers, including cameras that attach to police uniforms.