MPD responds to criticism over sensitive crimes file leak

NOW: MPD responds to criticism over sensitive crimes file leak

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Police Department is responding to criticism over how it handled a sensitive crimes file leak.

Chief Alfonso Morales was confronted on the matter during a listening session Monday night. He denied leaking the file.

The file in question was connected to a sexual assault investigation involving Milwaukee real estate developer Kalan Haywood. 

No charges have been filed.

State Senator Lena Taylor criticized Morales and Mayor Tom Barrett Thursday, saying in part, "it is clear that the video was leaked to further an agenda. What's not clear is why the chief is dragging his feet on an investigation. Adding to that frustration is a mayor that does'nt seem to take such a leak seriously."

Morales responded to the complaint saying the department is investigating, and "in addition, the department has met with the city attorney's office, has reiterated the code of conduct involving confidential materials and is exploring measures to ensure the unapproved release of materials does not occur in the future."

The mayor sent the Fire and Police Commission a list of questions over the leak. 

The commission said Wednesday they're not currently investigating. 

Milwaukee police denied our open records request to see the leaked files in question.

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