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    http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/48568662.html

    When journalist Jessica McBride penned a glowing, 5,400-word profile of Police Chief Edward A. Flynn for Milwaukee Magazine earlier this year, many in the Milwaukee Police Department jokingly dismissed it as a love letter to the chief.

    Little did they know.

    Sometime earlier this year, Flynn and McBride struck up a romantic relationship.

    Asked about the affair, the 61-year-old chief issued a statement Thursday acknowledging his indiscretion - without mentioning McBride, 39, by name. "I have done my wife and family a great wrong, and I profoundly regret the hurt I have inflicted on them and others affected by my conduct," Flynn wrote. "I accept the personal and public consequences of my private behavior. I have damaged my public reputation and violated the trust and love of my family."

    McBride - a journalism lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a former Journal Sentinel reporter - has refused to respond to numerous messages about the liaison. McBride has been a prominent figure in the community, serving as a talk-show host and political blogger.

    With his confession, Flynn adds his name to the list of public figures who have had an affair with a journalist.

    This month, the Los Angeles Times disclosed that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was dating a local television reporter - two years after having an affair with another newscaster that led to his wife filing for divorce. Late last year, a top Miami school official was linked to a Miami Herald reporter who had sent him a series of racy e-mails suggesting they were romantically involved.

    No Quarter first became aware of Flynn's relationship with McBride this month when someone anonymously sent a letter and e-mails purportedly written by the pair to one another. "Perceived you instantly - knew you were a good person who does things for the right reason," reads one signed Jessica. "As a result, I began to struggle with the story - having to give time to vitriolic baseless attacks."

    The affair may violate a basic tenet of journalism, particularly if, as the exchanges suggest, the two became involved while McBride was working on the lengthy article for the magazine's May issue. Reporters are strictly forbidden from writing about individuals with whom they have strong personal ties. "It taints the nature of the piece," said Jeffrey Seglin, a national journalism ethics expert from Boston.

    McBride, who worked at the Journal Sentinel full time from 1994 to 2004, supervises an online student publication that writes regularly about the Milwaukee Police Department.

    Another leading ethicist, Rushworth Kidder, agreed with Seglin but said the bigger issue has to do with Flynn. "The nature of a police chief's job, with all due respect to the medical profession, is not like being a dentist or dermatologist, where you can go home and have your weekends to yourself," said Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics." It's 24-7. "What are we to make of the sense of integrity of an individual who has got to be treading carefully with a bunch of things he would prefer to hide on one hand and yet on the other side is being asked to be completely open and honest and to set the model for integrity for others?"

    In his statement, Flynn, who came to Milwaukee in January 2008, said he has talked with those closest to him about the affair. "The people in my personal and professional life who needed to know the painful truth, know it and I have apologized to them," he wrote. "This is a personal matter that occurred in my private, off-duty time. I will continue to devote myself to making Milwaukee a better place." "I hope that the people of this city who so warmly welcomed me can eventually forgive me."

    Flynn issued the statement after he and McBride spent the better part of two weeks dodging questions.

    Last week, police officials barred No Quarter from attending a news conference for fear the chief might be asked about McBride. After a press event this week, the chief twice stopped and stared in silence when asked if he could talk about the matter. His press aide had been given a series of questions about the relationship this month.

    McBride has remained mum. She did not return calls, e-mails to her personal account, or notes sent to her via Facebook. But her husband, former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher, has talked privately about the relationship with others. Bucher, who ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general in 2006, spoke briefly to No Quarter about the matter, saying it was a personal issue.

    During her stint at the Journal Sentinel, McBride worked in the Waukesha bureau and later moved to the downtown newsroom, where she covered the Milwaukee Police Department. When editors learned that she was dating Bucher, McBride was precluded by the company's ethics policy from covering stories involving the prosecutor, according to Journal Sentinel Editor Martin Kaiser.

    No Quarter has not yet determined the anonymous source of the letter and e-mails. Until Flynn released his apology, neither party would answer phone calls, face-to-face interview requests or written questions. Details in the letter and e-mails match recent events in their lives, including McBride's trip to Paris, Flynn's testimony before a U.S. Senate committee and the recent birth of his grandchild. The letter is a four-page, handwritten note addressed "Dear Ed" and signed Jessica. "I think there was something from the moment we locked eyes in Anne's office," the letter says, apparently referring to MPD spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz.

    Milwaukee Magazine Editor Bruce Murphy said Thursday that he was unaware of the relationship. But Murphy said he stood by McBride's magazine piece, suggesting it was tougher than anything written about the chief. Asked if he planned to inform his readers about the affair, Murphy said, "I don't think it has any bearing on the story. It was a great story."

    The story, entitled "The Cop Who Can't Stop," referred to Flynn as a "bold choice." McBride talked up his strong résumé, energy and fitness, edgy sense of humor and success at MPD's helm. He is referred to in the story as "blunt yet charming."

    "Flynn is also a compelling physical presence: tall, iron-haired, fit (he once rode a bicycle 233 miles) and energetic. He has what one observer calls 'command bearing,'" McBride wrote of the chief. "But was he too good to be true?"

    The handwritten note discussed her writing process. "Just felt a little protective. Knew I didn't want to do you wrong," the letter says. It says the two became involved after an interview at Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant on Water St. "I honestly had myself almost convinced that we were going to talk about the police department at (Brocach) that night!" it says. "Now that sounds so naïve. But something special happened between us that night; I will always cherish it. A complete meeting on all levels - mind, body, heart that I have never experienced. You completed me that night."

    McBride has taught ethics as part of her journalism classes at UWM. The Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics says reporters should "remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility." Paul Brewer, the head of UWM's Journalism and Mass Communications Department, declined to comment on the situation, saying he knew nothing about it.

    Several of the e-mails suggest that both were love-struck. In one, the author says he has had "an insipid smile on my face all day." "Warm, no not warm, hot memories of beautiful moments...and visuals," the e-mails say. "I feel younger today than I did last night."

    Sources say Flynn has talked with his boss, Mayor Tom Barrett, apologizing for his lapse in judgment. The chief flew to Virginia last weekend to inform his wife about the relationship, sources confirmed. She did not move to Milwaukee when Flynn took the job.

    Late Thursday, the mayor's spokeswoman released a statement showing support for Flynn: "Police Chief Flynn is a very effective chief who has done an excellent job working to make Milwaukee a safer city."


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    Perhaps he should worry less about what I carry and more about what he carries. And keep it holstered, Ed.

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    Negligent discharge Chief Flynn?????????????

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    You know... I was just thinking... Maybe we've had Chief Flynn's previous comments out of context all this time. When he said he was going to "put law-abiding citizens on the ground and then decide what rights they had"... Maybe thats just sweet talk! Substitute furry cuffs for the cold metal ones and it could be a first date for Chief Flynn!

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    You know, in his defense, she's pretty cute for a 40 year old.

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    And Jessica McBride is supposed to be a conservative. She probably railed against former mayor Norquist for this same thing.

    But her real mistake was this drivel....
    "...But something special happened between us that night; I will always cherish it. A complete meeting on all levels - mind, body, heart that I have never experienced. You completed me that night."

    "You completed me that night"??????????????????? Someone watch "Jerry Mcguire' too many times???

    She's 39 and pretty decent looking. He's 61. Old enough to be her father. Don't know which is more creepy and hurl provoking, them together or the "you completed me" line......

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    This is my weapon this is my gun, this is for killing, this is for fun!

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    Maybe she decided to take HIM to the ground when he brandished his weapon...

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    Apparently he does not feel Milwaukee is safe enough for his family. According WTMJ radio, he was flying to Virginia to be with his family. (btw:hide out until things quiet down)
    When in danger you can dial 911 and hope for the police to arrive a few minutes later armed with guns.
    Why do police carry guns?

    The Joyce Foundation funded firearm control empire:
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    "Your honor, I am merely trying to establish the defendant's character."

    Overruled.

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    Rick Finsta wrote:
    You know, in his defense, she's pretty cute for a 40 year old.
    Uh, yeah.... but what can be said in HER defense?

    I came across her story about Flynn a couple months ago and at that time I was puzzled by it's fawning flattery.

    Puzzled solved!
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    Flying back to VA to be with his family. Hm, that might explain one reason he did it with McBride.
    I hope he doesn't put any of you Virginians down to the ground if you open carry!

    He has done some right things for the dept. but I think there will be problems further down the road. Google Judy Pal, she is going to be his chief of staff. Boy that's really needed, but then again she might handle some hard personal problems for him.

    One issue that bothers me is his selection for the dept. to have new SW .40 cal. pistols issued and SW MP-15 as patrol carbines. They had Glocks but during a firefight where an officer was wounded, a round stovepiped and the Glocks were blamed. What concerns me is that Flynn was police chief in Springfield MA (home of S&W) before he was in Milwaukee and now knowing how ethically challenged he apparently is, it makes you wonder if he got some nice perk or maybe just a sweetheart deal for the dept. Who knows, I just wish someone would look into it.

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    Yeah, I have a friend who works for HIDTA and I was surprised how quick they went away from the glocks to S&W. Isn't a stovepipe is usually a weak wrist or underpowered ammo?

    I also heard they had magazine issues, but that was not the gun but the aftermarket mags they were using.

    seems like they were looking for an excuse to switch.



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    not knowing the law on this but isn't adultry still illegal. Even though you hear no cases


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    not knowing the law on this but isn't adultry still illegal. Even though you hear no cases

    Well, let's cuff him and then determine if it is legal. That's how that works, right?

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    No! Lets instruct the TROOPS to take him to the ground, cuff him and then we will decide if he has the right to carry that "GUN"!

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    iceman71 wrote:
    not knowing the law on this but isn't adultry still illegal. Even though you hear no cases




    Indeed it is:

    944.16

    Whoever does the following is guilty of a Class I Felony:


    944.16
    (1) A married person who has sexual intercourse with a person not the married person's spouse; or

    (2) A person who has sexual intercourse with a person who is married to another.


    944.16 - ANNOT.
    History: 1977 c. 173; 1993 a. 486; 2001 a.


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    Hugh: here's a link that might explain the Glock situation in Milwaukee:

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/show....php?t=1075040
    Also limpwristing is a common cause of stovepiping, I had it happen with a sig when I was practicing with my weak hand. I'm sure if the PO was hit, he wouldn't exactly be at full strength to clear it.



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    drewdown wrote:
    iceman71 wrote:
    not knowing the law on this but isn't adultry still illegal. Even though you hear no cases




    Indeed it is:

    944.16

    Whoever does the following is guilty of a Class I Felony:


    944.16
    (1) A married person who has sexual intercourse with a person not the married person's spouse; or

    (2) A person who has sexual intercourse with a person who is married to another.


    944.16 - ANNOT.
    History: 1977 c. 173; 1993 a. 486; 2001 a.
    I wish I had the money to run with this. By law, it sounds like it would work.

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    AaronS wrote:
    drewdown wrote:
    iceman71 wrote:
    not knowing the law on this but isn't adultry still illegal. Even though you hear no cases
    Indeed it is:

    944.16

    Whoever does the following is guilty of a Class I Felony:


    944.16
    (1) A married person who has sexual intercourse with a person not the married person's spouse; or

    (2) A person who has sexual intercourse with a person who is married to another.
    944.16 - ANNOT.
    History: 1977 c. 173; 1993 a. 486; 2001 a.
    I wish I had the money to run with this. By law, it sounds like it would work.
    Ok, we had a large public figure break current written law in Milwaukee, Why is he not being prosecuted and why isn't the little hose-beast being prosecuted.

    I think Flynn should have one of the MPD arrest him and the prosecutor should go forwrd with the case. It would be really nice if one of the major newspapers would publish the fact that he should be cited for his self-admitted illegal acts of adultery. Wouldn't he basically be forced to an arrest then?

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    Nutczak wrote:
    AaronS wrote:
    drewdown wrote:
    iceman71 wrote:
    not knowing the law on this but isn't adultry still illegal. Even though you hear no cases
    Indeed it is:

    944.16

    Whoever does the following is guilty of a Class I Felony:


    944.16
    (1) A married person who has sexual intercourse with a person not the married person's spouse; or

    (2) A person who has sexual intercourse with a person who is married to another.
    944.16 - ANNOT.
    History: 1977 c. 173; 1993 a. 486; 2001 a.
    I wish I had the money to run with this. By law, it sounds like it would work.
    Ok, we had a large public figure break current written law in Milwaukee, Why is he not being prosecuted and why isn't the little hose-beast being prosecuted.

    I think Flynn should have one of the MPD arrest him and the prosecutor should go forwrd with the case. It would be really nice if one of the major newspapers would publish the fact that he should be cited for his self-admitted illegal acts of adultery. Wouldn't he basically be forced to an arrest then?
    Technically speaking, he couldn't be arrested for the crime yet. The DA would need a place and time of the alleged crime to go forward with proceedings.

    Saying nothing about the moral issues here, we now have a self-admitted felon running the Milwaukee Police Dept. While I personally feel the statute on adultery is outdated and needs to be repealed, these 'the law is the law' types cannot pick and choose what they are going to enforce. They can't have it both ways; either punish everyone under the laws as they are written, or get these damn laws off the books.

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