Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Jamaal Abdul-Alim is an award-winning journalist who hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He broke into the news business as a crime reporter at the old Milwaukee Sentinel during his undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee ('96). He covered higher education for more than a decade, mostly as a freelancer in Washington, D.C., during the Obama and Trump administrations. His articles have appeared in publications that range from The Wall Street Journal to US News & World Report.

Bernice Parks, whose 13-year-old daughter, Sandra, was killed by a stray bullet that struck her after piercing a window to her home is shown at a Memorial Concert for Milwaukee's Killing of Innocents Friday, December 21, 2018 at All People's Lutheran Church, 2600 N. 2nd St. in Milwaukee, Wis. | Photo by Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. PHOTO MAY NOT BE REPUBLISHED

Milwaukee’s sister city sent the gun that killed Sandra Parks

By: - January 25, 2024

When I first learned about the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Sandra Parks in 2018, one of the most urgent questions I had was about the origin of the AK-47 style weapon that ended the Milwaukee eighth-grader’s life. More specifically, I wanted to know how the weapon got into the hands of a convicted felon who […]