Seven candidates for Milwaukee mayor focus on public security amid murder surge | WUWM 89.7 FM

Homicides are surging in Milwaukee, and three legislation enforcement officers have been wounded throughout shootings in January. The seven candidates for Milwaukee mayor are speaking about other ways to enhance public security.

As of Sunday, Jan. 30, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s workplace reported 26 homicides to this point this yr — all however one befell within the metropolis of Milwaukee.

The workplace tweeted that on the present tempo, the county would hit 300 killings by the tip of 2022. If it did, town of Milwaukee could be about 100 homicides greater than town’s file murder totals of the final two years.

So, it wasn’t a shock when the subject of crime and public security got here up throughout two mayoral boards over the weekend.

Appearing Mayor Cavalier Johnson has already outlined a public security plan that features distributing extra gun locks, asking state lawmakers for stricter gun legal guidelines, and investing in legislation enforcement and help teams. At a Citizen Motion of Wisconsin occasion, Johnson mentioned that he is attempting to steadiness police staffing with reform.

“We have got to ensure we now have an enough quantity of police on our pressure to deal with the general public security issues for individuals who dwell within the metropolis of Milwaukee. However we even have to ensure we’re reforming the police, so after they work together with individuals, particularly individuals of shade in our metropolis, that they achieve this with integrity and constitutional, neighborhood policing processes,” he mentioned.

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4 Milwaukee mayoral candidates and members of Citizen Motion of Wisconsin pay attention throughout a web based discussion board Jan. 29.

Johnson mentioned he helps town’s Workplace of Violence Prevention.

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas emphasised his 4 a long time in legislation enforcement and safety and mentioned as sheriff, he has initiated a disaster help response workforce, which is “a gaggle of deputies together with medical practitioners who reply to a psychological well being disaster.” He continued, “I believe that is the suitable response. We are able to begin now to have a look at different methods we will reply to psychological well being challenges, juvenile delinquency and different challenges by taking a look at options to a police response.”

Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor advised an NAACP discussion board that a technique to enhance public security in Milwaukee is to adapt approaches that, she mentioned, have been profitable elsewhere.

“I need to see us do the Excessive Level, North Carolina mannequin. I need to see us do the COP Home mannequin that is in Racine,” Taylor mentioned.

The Racine mannequin is a community-oriented policing effort that has officers working in homes in at-risk neighborhoods. The Excessive Level mannequin goals to discourage violent repeat offenders, street-level drug sellers and home violence offenders. Taylor mentioned it was tried in Milwaukee earlier than, however the metropolis didn’t present sufficient wraparound companies to assist offenders select a greater manner.

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Milwaukee NAACP official Fred Royal (higher left) listens as mayoral candidates Michael Sampson, Earnell Lucas, Marina Dimitrijevic, Lena Taylor, Robert Donovan and Cavalier Johnson participate in an NAACP discussion board held through the web on Jan. 29. Candidate Ieshuh Griffin took half by telephone.

Milwaukee Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic mentioned town ought to go additional with the Blueprint for Peace developed beneath former Mayor Tom Barrett, which focuses on violence prevention. She mentioned she’s labored to broaden prevention applications.

“I authored, together with Ald. Milele Coggs, $16.8 million for our federal COVID rescue plan act cash to enter the Workplace of Violence Prevention. I imagine that once we spend money on prevention, it saves lives, it saves cash, it saves stress on our legislation enforcement,” Dimitrijevic advised the NAACP discussion board.

The Workplace of Violence Prevention is a part of the Milwaukee Well being Division and relies downtown. Mayoral candidate and Milwaukee businessperson Michael Sampson mentioned the workplace wants to maneuver to the north aspect, the place a lot of the homicides happen.

“To allow them to reply to stuff quicker. I believe quicker response occasions for police, fireplace, and Workplace of Violence Prevention goes to assist save lives,” he mentioned.

Neighborhood activist Ieshuh Griffin mentioned she additionally backs stopping violence. She needs higher metropolis funding in neighborhood financial growth and job creation. “Idle time. They are saying idle time is the satan’s workshop. The idle time shall be eliminated,” Griffin mentioned.

The seventh candidate for Milwaukee Mayor, former Ald. Robert Donovan, didn’t attend the Citizen Motion discussion board and solely made it for a part of the NAACP occasion. Later, he advised WUWM {that a} key a part of his public security effort could be so as to add extra cops.

“I might say wherever between 200 and 300 officers that this division desperately wants to reply successfully to our requires assist, the 911 calls. But in addition proactively police this neighborhood and forestall crime from occurring,” he mentioned.

Donovan mentioned he would work with state officers on getting funding for the extra positions.


The mayoral candidates and onlookers collect for a beer firken tapping in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood on Jan. 29.

Donovan spoke with WUWM Saturday, as he and at the least 5 of the opposite mayoral candidates attended a beer cask, or firken, tapping within the Riverwest neighborhood.

Because the candidates pounded within the taps, the viewers cheered. It was a second of enjoyable earlier than the seven contenders resumed their dash to the Feb. 15 major amid a large enhance in Milwaukee homicides.

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