Community groups and other city leaders have called for a comprehensive plan to address lead exposure from all sources and Ald. Tony Zielinski said he will introduce legislation to create a task force to do just that.
The South Side Safety Summit was part of a larger effort among law enforcement, city officials, community leaders and others to improve the strained relationship between the Milwaukee Police Department and some residents.
The ACLU of Wisconsin, which filed suit against the Milwaukee Police Department last year for practices it charges are unconstitutional and racially discriminatory, recently released three reports community leaders say verify claims of improper police conduct that black residents have made for decades.
Despite Health Department efforts to combat lead poisoning that date back decades, community leaders say a plan, and better communication, are necessary for the city to move forward on the issue.
Just days after the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida, school shooting, people packed the basement of the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch for a public discussion about gun violence.
An exhibit featuring art by middle and high school students focused on the dangers of human and sex trafficking of young people, in an effort to spread awareness about the issue in Milwaukee.
After years of traffic fatalities and injury accidents trending down, both are now on the rise and are soaring to levels not seen in recent years. As police regroup, city residents are grappling with the idea that a green light doesn’t mean it’s safe to go.
The Fire and Police Commission held a public forum to allow the two remaining finalists for the position of acting police chief to answer questions posed by community members, but residents said they did not get the answers they were looking for.
Residents and panelists at a recent community meeting indicated that they would like the next police chief to be someone from within the Milwaukee Police Department who will work well with others and rebuild trust with the community.
In the wake of revelations the Milwaukee Health Department may not have visited the homes of lead-poisoned children nor tested the water, aldermen and advocates are calling for an independent audit of the department.