MILWAUKEE -- Newly released dashcam video shows the suspicious situation that led to an internal investigation of a Milwaukee assistant police chief, which, in turn, led to his retirement. On a Tuesday night -- December 20th, Milwaukee Police Department squad 271 responded to a suspicious vehicle parked in an alleyway. The officer had no idea he would find MPD Assistant Chief Darryl Winston sitting in the driver's seat.
According to that Milwaukee Police officer, while still in the car, Winston refused to hand over his ID and instead, rolled up the window. Moments later, Winston got out of the car, and began struggling with the officer. The struggle continued for a few minutes, before Winston managed to show the officer his badge. After a completed search, back up arrived, and the ongoing argument was caught on camera. The officer asks Winston to have a seat in the squad car, and Winston refuses, and threatens to call the officer's boss.
The officer then put in a call for the lieutenant supervisor to come to the scene. At one point, the video shows Winston's unidentified 23-year-old passenger get out of the car.
Throughout the ordeal, Winston showed very little cooperation, leading to a lecture by one of his own subordinates.
MPD Officer: "Do you know how many burglaries there have been in this area?"
MPD Officer: "Okay, well then, you know what? I would think that you would be like 'you know what, I am glad you're coming to talk to me, because I know all these burglaries that have happened in the area, in these houses, and I'm glad you're asking me what I'm doing here, and I'll be glad to tell you what I'm doing here, I'm dropping this young man off.'"
One of the final officer comments overheard in the dashcam video carries the most weight: "I'm shocked and appalled that a deputy chief would do this," the officer said.
The stop lasted about an hour, and Winston was never charged with a crime. Winston announced his retirement last week. Because he's leaving the job under retirement, he is guaranteed pension under state law. Winston's 29 years of service means about $85,000 a year, plus cost of living increases.