Milwaukee County Sheriff speaks about violence
MILWAUKEE- Sheriff David Clarke spoke with CBS 58 Thursday about the recent violence in Milwaukee.
He did not dispute the numbers put out by Milwaukee Police this past Monday during a briefing after an officer was beat up.
Police Chief Ed Flynn said MPD has arrested 2,000 people in the last month and took 553 guns off the street in seven weeks.
Instead, the Sheriff disputed the numbers' relevance.
The Sheriff said the numbers in his jail have declined recently despite the arrests MPD spoke about on Monday.
For the last 60 days, MPD arrests booked into the Milwaukee County jail (MCJ) decreased by 7.4% (3478 v. 3754) compared to the same period in 2012.
Clarke doesn't blame anyone for that, he said that law enforcement all over the county, including MPD, are doing great police work, but there is a missing link when it comes to the courts.
He said the courts have a revolving door where criminals are back on streets.
"Think of all the wasted money/resources if a cop makes an arrest and nothing happens with the DA except to return these career criminals back to the street. The same goes for lenient sentencing," he said in an e-mail only to CBS 58.
He pointed to the case of the MPD officer that was beaten. A suspect in that case had a lengthy arrest record including carrying a concealed weapon, battery, and domestic abuse.
He also referred to the recent case of Cullen Mitchell who was out on bail for robbery when we allegedly committed murder.
CBS 58 is still working with Milwaukee Police on this story. MPD is being cooperative in getting to the bottom of the numbers and the reason some say the violence in growing in the city.