In the wake of a temporary court decision to prevent Sheriff David Clarke from continuing to enforce a three-week-long curfew in Sherman Park, city leaders said fostering trust between residents and law enforcement is essential.
Wisconsin State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, who was arrested during a show of force by Milwaukee police in Sherman Park, is calling on the city to refocus its anti-violence efforts from “punitive to preventative.”
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.