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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

 10:44 AM 

Flynn says special unit for election fraud will not be disbanded

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn responded this morning to a story by Wall Street Journal reporter John Fund's article alleging that the city's Special Investigative Unit monitoring election fraud was being disbanded. Fund also says that the unit was directed not to visit polling places, but merely were told to respond to complaints.

See the WSJ article, Milwaukee Puts a Vote-Fraud Cop Out of Business

Flynn said this morning on Charlie Syke's show on WTMJ that no one in his chain of command is aware of a discussion to disband.

"There's never been any plan or any discussion to disband the special investigations unit. Not once," he said.

Flynn said officers in the unit have been assigned to squad cars and driving around the city. But he said that doesn't mean they won't be responding to complaints.

"I want them to be available to respond to complaints ... they're not sitting by a phone, they're in the field," Flynn said.

In addition, a special order was given all police officers that if they observe any suspicious condition or election law violations at polling places, they are to take "proactive action," Flynn said.

"I do want us to be immediately available to complaints," he said. "We're making a major effort to make sure this is a free, fair election process."

Asked by Sykes if Flynn received any pressure from Mayor Tom Barrett's office or Gov. Jim Doyle's office to conduct the unit in any manner, Flynn replied, "Not in the slightest."

Listen to the podcast with Flynn here.

Listen to the podcast with Fund here.

-- By Greg Bump

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