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'Petty social media barbs': Common Council President Cavalier Johnson responds to MPD tweet

Posted at 12:34 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 01:34:19-04

MILWAUKEE  — Common Council President Cavalier Johnson has issued a statement regarding a Milwaukee Police Department tweet from Thursday.

On Thursday, the Milwaukee Police Department posted a tweet addressing MPD resources. They said, "the Mayor and Common Council reduced our budget by 60 police officers this year," and continued on by saying that since then, homicides and non-fatal shootings have increased.

Now, Common Council President Johnson has issued a statement asking that MPD take down the tweet. He said, "We must work to heal and improve our community together and not resort to petty social media barbs."

He said putting the information aside, a tweet jabbing at local leaders is a misuse of resources.

Several hours after Johnson issued his statement, the Milwaukee Police Department posted another tweet saying everything they tweeted was factual and it was a response to questions asked about defunding the police.

The Milwaukee Common Council hasn't had any further comment nor has Johnson.

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