The sometimes-violent demonstrations that erupted in Sherman Park after the police killing of a 23-year-old black man are the result of long-standing tensions, say residents and community leaders.
Describing their feelings about the weekend events in Sherman Park, several residents also speak about what should be next.
The “good old days” of police work in Milwaukee and the prospects for improving police-community relations in the future were topics of discussion at a recent public forum hosted by the First Stage theater group.
During a recent gathering of public officials, police, nonprofits and community leaders expressed support for a comprehensive approach to addressing violence, particularly gun violence in the City of Milwaukee.
Educator and hip-hop artist Fidel Verdin started the Summer of Peace rally 14 years ago to help get young people off the streets and promote nonviolence.
Two largely white activist groups staged a demonstration to support the Black Lives Matter movement and express solidarity with the family of Jay Anderson, a black man shot by a Wauwatosa police officer in June.
The county’s Office on African American Affairs brought community members together to speak about police-community relations in the wake of a week that saw police killings of two black men and the shooting deaths of five officers.
A Safe Zones Initiative that began in Garden Homes last year with the goal of preventing and de-escalating violence is receiving increased attention as Milwaukee attempts to ratchet up anti-violence efforts.
Milwaukee community members expressed frustration at officials during a recent community forum, saying that addressing poverty and a lack of opportunities for black youth are necessary to prevent incarceration.
A group of 12 aldermen unveiled a multi-pronged plan to fight violence. The initiative, which prioritizes community engagement, will launch with a June 17 event for fathers at Moody Park in Amani.