Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn speaks Dec. 2 at a Milwaukee Community Justice Council meeting.
"The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday it has agreed to review the Milwaukee Police Department, a process which is expected to take two years and cover all aspects of the agency.
"The announcement comes after a request by Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn. The agreement will be formally announced Thursday by Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad and Ronald Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Mayor Tom Barrett and Flynn also will attend.
"Milwaukee is the ninth department to be granted the voluntary review, known as a 'collaborative reform initiative.' The process is a less adversarial option than a consent decree — formal monitoring through the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division resulting from a 'pattern-and-practice" investigation.
"The key difference is the requirement for change. Departments under a collaborative review are not legally required to change. A "pattern-and-practice' lawsuit by the federal government can lead to federal oversight of a local law enforcement agency for years."
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