WPPA Statement Regarding Violent Unrest in Milwaukee

August 15, 2016

[MADISON] – In the aftermath of a weekend of violent unrest following an officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee, the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), Jim Palmer, issued the following statement:

We are deeply troubled and saddened by the events that followed an officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee. The violence that ensued, which resulted in additional injuries to both law enforcement and civilians alike, was inexcusable, especially while an independent and transparent investigation into the officer-related death is underway.

The issues surrounding policing in America and the inequities that exist within our society are extraordinarily complex.  Far too many people do not appreciate that law enforcement is not the sole or root cause of those pervasive conditions, and that those systemic issues are substantially outside of law enforcement’s control.  More must be done to support the men and women of our law enforcement community and to recognize the enormous challenges that our officers confront in their service to keep our communities safe. 

We are tremendously proud of the Milwaukee officers for demonstrating great dedication and poise as they work to restore and maintain order and peace to the city, and we are also grateful to the community leaders and others that have stepped up to call for a greater sense of calm. May we come together as one people to find a meaningful and constructive way to avoid any further unlawful violence.

With nearly 10,000 members for almost 300 local association affiliates, the WPPA is the state’s largest law enforcement group.

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