6 years ago

FACT CHECK: Correcting the record on grounds for officer termination

Local media is incorrectly reporting “MPD terminates officer after they say he lied about an incident involving his girlfriend while on duty.” The story indicates “Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has terminated one of his officers after an alleged assault on his girlfriend and failure to reply to a call while on duty.”

The officer in question is identified in the story as being Dwight Copeland. Chief Flynn in fact did discipline Officer Copeland on June 12, 1012 for the August 2011 incident described in the story. Copeland received a 10-day suspension under these charges.

In a March 13, 2013 disciplinary action Chief Flynn suspended Officer Copeland for 30 days for “Failure to report an on-duty injury claim to a supervisor,” and then terminated Officer Copeland for “Failure to be forthright and candid in connection with an administrative inquiry.” The incident that led to the March 13 discipline has no relation to the August 2011 event described in the news story.


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