Milwaukee: Fire and Police Commission struggles with huge sets of data, time-consuming work on stop-and-frisk reforms

It’s been a year and a half since the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin settled a lawsuit with Milwaukee over police stop-and-frisk practices.

So is the Fire and Police Commission making the changes laid out in the $3.4 million settlement agreement?

It’s a “mixed bag,” said John McNally, a lawyer the commission hired to sort out compliance issues.

In one key roadblock, unwieldy datasets and huge amounts of time-consuming work have complicated efforts to comply with the requirements in the agreement, McNally said at a commission meeting Thursday.

“The (data) are enormous constraints on our ability to reach compliance in those areas,” McNally said.