Police Chief Edward Flynn helped steer nearly $50,000 in private funds through back channels to one of the consultants responsible for bringing the chief to Milwaukee, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The transactions don’t violate any laws, but they raise questions about why Flynn and the Bradley Foundation, the original funding source, would funnel the cash through two other nonprofits to pay George Kelling, a nationally recognized police consultant. Even Kelling said he was baffled by the unusual funding arrangement.
Flynn defended his efforts to secure funding from private foundations for Kelling and his partner, Robert Wasserman. He has denied there was a quid pro quo. “George and Bob have been invaluable,” Flynn said. “They’ve offered two lifetimes’ worth of wisdom and expertise on effective police practices.”