Judge orders former police chief reinstated – who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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MILWAUKEE, WI- The former chief of the Milwaukee Police Department may be getting his job back in 45 days unless a settlement is reached between his attorneys and the city, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Such was the order of Milwaukee County Judge Christopher Foley last Wednesday.

Foley’s ruling came after former chief Alfonso Morales’ legal team asked the judge to force the city to put Morales back in his former position.

 

“If you can’t get it settled with the 45 days, then my order goes into effect,” Foley said when the hearing ended. “Put him back in office, make him the chief and away we go.”

WTOP News reported that Morales was demoted to captain last August after a series of racial justice protests as well as complaints of distrust within the police department.

However, Morales’ chief attorney, Franklyn Gimbel said that Morales’ relationship with the police commission had been steadily deteriorating after he refused the chairman’s demand that he fire an officer involved in the arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown, who played for the Milwaukee Bucks.

More recently, Morales was criticized by the commission for authorizing the use of tear gas to disperse rioters, while the commission also questioned how the department was policing black communities.

Morales was hired by the police department in 1993 and was appointed police chief in February 2018. After he was demoted, Morales decided to retire, however filed a lawsuit for damages. Foley then reversed the commission’s decision last December, however didn’t issue further instructions.

Nonetheless, Morales’ attorneys accused the city of delaying settlement negotiations, and failing to abide by the judge’s order. Meanwhile, Milwaukee city attorneys argued that since Morales retired after his demotion, it prevented his being reinstated as chief.

Morales’ attorneys petitioned Foley in April to enforce the order due to the city’s “months-long refusal to follow this Court’s order and reinstate Morales or, alternatively, propose a financial settlement and buy-out the remainder of his contract.”

In arguing for dismissal of Morales’ suit, Attorney Nate Cade, representing the police commission as well as the city in the case said his retirement prevented his reinstatement.

He also argued that Foley didn’t have the authority to reinstatement after his retirement, couldn’t comply with the reinstatement under the city charter, and said any such reinstatement could jeopardize the tax status of Milwaukee’s retirement plan.

Foley dismissed those concerns, saying that city officials used the illegal demotion and “coerced resignation” of Morales in order to prevent him from a legal result he otherwise would have been entitled to.

“Whatever problems there may be with the IRS, whatever problems there may be with the retirement system, I didn’t create those problems. The Fire and Police Commission created those problems by doing what they did,” Foley said.

Throughout the process, the city has acknowledged that Morales was denied due process.

After Morales’ retirement and subsequent lawsuit, there has been a lot of “finger pointing between the City Attorney’s Office and members of the commission” over who bears the brunt of the blame. In addition, the city has paused a current search being conducted for a permanent chief.

The Milwaukee PD is currently operating under its second acting police chief since Morales’ demotion. It is believed that any settlement with the former chief will be extremely expensive for Milwaukee taxpayers.

All of the ramifications were not lost on Foley, who acknowledged that Morales likely wasn’t anxious to return to his former position, nor did the city want him back in that position. However, despite what he called an “extremely untenable situation,” Morales was entitled to it.

However, one of Morales’ attorneys, Raymond Dall’Osto disputed that Morales did not want to return to his former position, noting he’s been anxious for months to get back to work.

‘We tried mightily over a number of months to move the ball forward, and it’s squarely in the city’s court to do so,” he said.

Morales was appointed chief in December 2019 and was given a four-year term. Dall’Osto said there have been some settlement discussions with the city, however Morales has not ever received a settlement offer.

“He is reinstated as of today, and I guess the city has the option of either talking or filing an appeal,” he said.

He also said the city never appealed the order Foley issued last December.

The Journal Sentinel said they requested a comment from the police department, however, were referred to the Fire and Police Commission. Meanwhile neither the city attorney, nor a spokesman for the mayor would comment on the ongoing legal case.

Last week, Foley wrote to both sides of the dispute, telling them he wants to achieve “final resolution so the parties and this community can move beyond this unsettling dispute.” He ordered them to have a draft resolution in place prior to Wednesday’s hearing.

“Absent that I think it’s fair to assume this court will establish a short timeline in which resolution would be achieved by court order,” Foley wrote.

Morales’ situation has been complicated by apparent turmoil in the City Attorney’s Office, with more than a dozen staff members leaving the office in just over a year since City Attorney Tearman Spencer was sworn in.

One of those includes Assistant City Attorney William Davidson, who was one of the attorneys representing Milwaukee in the Morales case. Davidson tendered his resignation and was to leave city employment as of May 14. He cited the “current atmosphere within the City Attorney’s Office” as one of his reasons for leaving.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee continues to be run by an interim chief.

The collapse of law enforcement will usher in the end of America as we know it

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Mortality.

It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young.  You can do anything.  You’re invincible.

But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality. 

It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.

I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.

By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry.  My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.

By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  I’m not a police officer.  I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do.  I can give them a voice.  I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.

That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America. 

My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America.  And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.

As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare.  But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now.  And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.

Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within.  Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.

When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power.  That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.

It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process.  The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:

  • Economic issues
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Political issues

Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.

What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse.  And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.

That brings me to the threat we face today.

Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.

American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966.  The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does.  But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize.  That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive.  It’s poisoning the very roots of America.

And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders.  Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.

At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement.  It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement. 

We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits.  After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?

We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs.  We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.

If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.

Step one: Divide the protectors.

The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law.  It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement.  Divide the protectors… conquer a society. 

Step two: Divide the supporters.

Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.

Make cops the bad guys.  Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy.  Divide the supporters… conquer a society.

Step three: Remove their protection

Make cops afraid to be cops.  Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks.  Don’t go after the criminals who attack them.  When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat. 

Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated.  That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged.  Remove both their desire and their ability to police.

Step four: Flood America  

By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.

There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America.  Do the math.

Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.

Step five: Destroy our homes

Own the media.  Own Hollywood.  Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system.  Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right.  Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.

Step Six: Bypass Congress for gun control 

Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy.  Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.

Step Seven: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country 

Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them.  Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down. 

Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress.  Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.

The Collapse

It’s happening right in front of our eyes.  And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.

Want to save America?  We need to start by understanding the enemy.  And sometimes the biggest threat that an empire faces is the enemy within.

We hope you’ll consider getting in the fight with us.  Here’s what Law Enforcement Today – the largest police-owned media outlet in America – is doing.

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We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.

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We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago.  Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.

Not that there was anything offensive about it.  We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more. 

And from our perspective, that created a huge problem.  We have some of the greatest warriors in the world.  Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.

The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them.  They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.

We needed to fix it. And so we are.

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Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”.  But the truth is, it’s so much more.

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

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Judge orders former police chief reinstated - who was demoted after refusing to punish cops for enforcing laws

And so, so much more.

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On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.

We have a problem in society.  Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy.  But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.

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God bless you all, and God bless America.

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