MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has voted to adopt a resolution to implement a zero tolerance policy for racist and sexist practices in both the police and fire departments.
On Tuesday, the Common Council passed a resolution that urges the FPC as well as the Department of Employee Relations to develop and implement a zero tolerance policy for "racist and sexist practices, behaviors and actions" within all city departments, agencies and divisions.
At their Thursday meeting, the FPC unanimously voted to pass that resolution.
The resolution requires the DER and the FPC to report to the Council on the status of the zero tolerance policy within the next two months.
The resolution was sponsored by Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and co-sponsored by Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey.
“I believe this is a straight forward proposition. Our City departments should have zero tolerance for acts of racism and sexism, and it is long overdue for us to formalize a policy expressing that,” said Alderman Stamper in a release Thursday.
“I thank my colleagues for supporting this file, and the Fire and Police Commission for taking up this item in a timely manner as we work to build a truly inclusive work environment at the City of Milwaukee," according to Stamper.