The city’s Office of Violence Prevention recently brought together a cross section of Milwaukeeans to launch a planning process to reduce violence.
During a panel discussion of individuals involved in Cincinnati’s 15-year-long police reform effort, Milwaukee leaders and residents expressed the need to bring all parties to the table to improve relations between police and the community.
UMOS Latina Resource Center hosted a candlelight vigil where staff and supporters gathered to name the 53 women killed by domestic violence this year.
The visit of social justice leaders Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors to UW-Milwaukee demonstrated the shift of Black Lives Matter from an Internet hashtag to an in-person call to action.
Police Chief Ed Flynn addressed the roles elected officials and media play in community relationships with police at a recent Milwaukee Press Club event.
Representatives of community organizations questioned the value of more police at a hearing to solicit feedback on the Common Council’s preliminary public safety plan. One called for attacking “the conditions of misery and want.”
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.