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Milwaukee Co. Sheriff pens apology for police chief's argument with U.S. Senator

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Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has written a letter of apology to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, for the way the city’s police chief spoke to the senator last week.

Clarke said he was apologizing on behalf of his constituents, after Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn talked over the South Carolina Republican at a Senate hearing.

Flynn testified in support of the proposed ban on assault weapons and other firearms restrictions.

Clarke has vocally opposed gun control, and urged people to learn how to use guns and protect themselves. Chief Flynn interrupted the senator while he was questioning another witnesses – and the two talked over each other several times.

Clarke said he has a forceful personality, but he told Senator Graham he would, “not even dream of coming up to Capitol Hill to disrespect and shout down a member of Congress.”

Flynn said the gun measures would reduce street crime, but the sheriff said the chief’s real motive is gun control.

Flynn said his testimony reflected the view of the nation’s leading police chiefs. The chief called Clarke’s comments entertaining, but not relevant to a serious discussion of the issues. 

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