Andrade v. City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
Erik Andrade’s termination, while framed as an employment dispute, holds profound implications for Milwaukee’s Black community and their trust in law enforcement. Milwaukee has a long history of racial segregation, which has left the Black community vulnerable to dangerous racial bias and mistreatment by the police.
Racial disparities have plagued Milwaukee for decades, from hyper-segregation to disparities in wealth, education, and the criminal justice system. The legacy of racism in the city has resulted in a disproportionately high level of police violence and harassment against the Black community.
The amicus brief underscores that Andrade’s reinstatement would not only undermine trust in law enforcement but also perpetuate racial bias in policing. BLOC contends that removing individuals with such biases is essential to the pursuit of a just and equal society.
In addition, it is critical to ensure that the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners’ decisions about misconduct by officers are respected. There must be civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies to ensure community voices are represented in policing. Facilitating and supporting civic engagement is not only about access to the ballot, but also ensuring meaningful representation of community voices in the administration of the legal system that impacts that community.
To maintain trust between the police and the Black community in Milwaukee, it is crucial that individuals like Andrade are held accountable for their actions. BLOC calls on the court to affirm the termination of Erik Andrade, uphold the actions of the Fire and Police Commission and support the ongoing efforts to root out racism in law enforcement.
Supreme Court of Wisconsin