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Officer connected to Frank Jude case promoted to Sergeant

 He was there the night fellow police officers brutalized Frank Jude during an off duty house party years ago.

While some of them wound up in prison, Bradley Blum returned to the department and now his promotion is the subject of controversy. 


Blum was promoted to Sergeant by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Thursday night.


Blum was never charged in the Jude case, but he was initially fired by former Chief Nannette Hegerty for not intervening in the 2004 attack.


The Fire and Police commission later reversed that in 2006 and decided to suspend him for 60 days instead.


Current Chief Ed Flynn said since then Blum has been a solid member of the department.


All but one of the commissioners voted in favor of Blum's promotion.


CBS 58 was told, legally, they were not allowed to explain why they supported the promotion.


Frank Jude's former attorney, Jon Safran, said that he was disappointed in the decision and didn't think Blum deserved to be promoted due to his past.


Safran believes Blum contributed to a code of silence within the department when he invoked his 5th Amendment right during depositions.


With the promotion, Blum will be filling a vacancy at the department.





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