Morales' attorney says Fire & Police Commission has discussed to replace Chief
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The attorney for Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says the Chief was told by a high-ranking officer that the Fire and Police Commission wanted him fired.
"What the Chief has heard from one of his officers is that his particular officer was approached by a fire and police commissioner, who he declined to name, and that Miss Griselda Aldrete was present at the time, and this employee was told that the Fire and Police Commission intends to terminate Chief Morales and that they’ll be looking for a replacement chief, and that this person might be considered as a candidate," said attorney Frank Gimbel.
"I think what the FPC is doing, is not allowing the Chief to succeed, in the directives he was given," said Dale Bormann, Jr., the President of the Milwaukee Police Association.
The directives range from providing more information about certain cases to ending the department's use of tear gas. Morales says he has met the directives that were due Monday.
CBS 58 reached out to the Fire and Police Commission Wednesday, but have not yet heard back. When asked last week if Morales was being set up to fail, executive director Griselda Aldrete said, "No."
On Tuesday, she told CBS 58, “I just think we are grateful there are open lines of communication and information is flowing rapidly between both of our offices.”
The Fire and Police Commission’s Policies and Standards Committee meets Thursday at 5:30 to discuss a number of topics, including the department’s community oriented policing policy, the department’s compliance with face coverings, a resolution to amend the asset forfeiture standard operating procedure, a resolution to amend the officer involved death and other critical incidents standard operating procedure, a resolution to amend the use of force standard operating procedure, a resolution to amend the civil disturbance and crowd management standard operating procedure, and a resolution to amend the open records standard operating procedure.