Defund the Police

COMMENTARY
Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee’s Sewer Socialists were for defunding the police

BY: - November 5, 2021

One of the paramount demands from last year’s Black Lives Matter protests is that local government move money from policing to programs that support communities. This demand aims to reduce the harm to communities — especially communities of color — caused by over-policing as well as targeting the root causes of crime. In Milwaukee that […]

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Activists concerned about Cavalier Johnson’s calls for more police near schools

BY: - October 27, 2021

Recent comments made by Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson sent a wave of concern through parts of the city’s activist community. Johnson proposed increasing the police presence around schools in the hope of curbing reckless driving incidents. As the city hashes out its proposed budget, Johnson is poised to succeed Mayor Tom Barrett. Some […]

Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) during the tense floor session, asking GOP colleagues to remain civil during debates. (Screenshot | Wisconsin Examiner)

Defund the police debate turns to Milwaukee fear-mongering

BY: - June 23, 2021

A Republican bill which would decrease municipalities’ shared revenue funds according to how much they defund police sparked a heated back and forth among state representatives during the state’s June 22 Assembly floor session. On one side stood conservative representatives who firmly held a position that Milwaukee is a violent, terrifying place that needs more […]

Groups of protesters, from Extinction Rebellion to anti-war groups, join one another in a small demonstration at outside the gates of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) of 2020. They had a variety of signs. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Anti-defund the police bill sparks heated Senate debate

BY: - June 10, 2021

“It seems that there’s only one thing that you guys don’t want to defund, and everything else be damned,” said Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), during Wednesday’s state Senate floor session. Larson’s remarks were among the first made in response to a Republican-led bill designed to counteract attempts to defund local law enforcement. Introduced by Sen. […]

Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Bipartisan policing bills are a mixed bag of policies

BY: - May 11, 2021

Sens. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) discussed their package of bipartisan policing bills during a conversation hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club on May 10. The bills cover a range of law enforcement-related policy issues. Some pieces of the package have drawn criticism from residents and activists in Milwaukee. Taylor explained that her […]

The Milwaukee County Sheriff Offices drone (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The Milwaukee Sheriff’s new drone unit

BY: - March 24, 2021

“We want to make sure we are doing everything right, protecting the citizen’s rights along with protecting the sheriff’s office as well,” said Sgt. Andrew Bilda, who commands the newly formed aerial drone unit at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. At a press conference Tuesday morning, the Milwaukee sheriff pitched the new unit as a […]

Acting Milwaukee PD Chief Jeffery Norman (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Policing panel brings Milwaukee chief and others to the table

BY: - March 22, 2021

“Community engagement is very big to me,” said Milwaukee’s Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Norman during a town hall panel hosted by All of Us or None Wisconsin on Saturday. A project of Breaking Barriers Mentoring Inc., All of Us or None is an organizing initiative led by formerly incarcerated people and community members affected by […]

President Joe Biden walks along the Colonnade Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Milwaukee has the president’s ear

BY: - February 16, 2021

As President Joe Biden arrives in Milwaukee for his first town hall visit, community organizers and elected officials don’t want a merely symbolic event. They plan to take the opportunity to bring their concerns to the new president’s attention. They want their voices to be heard, and to know what meaningful changes the administration is […]

A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

No-knock search warrants began in Wisconsin, Rep. Myers wants to end them here

BY: and - February 3, 2021

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) has introduced a new bill to prevent the use of no-knock search warrants by Wisconsin law enforcement. The bill was named “Breonna’s Law” after Louisville, Kentucky EMT Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old who was killed during such a raid in March 2020. “It is most appropriate for us to begin Black History […]

Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Activists disillusioned after approval of previously rejected COPS grant

BY: - January 28, 2021

Some residents in the City of Milwaukee were left disillusioned after the Common Council reversed its December decision to reject the $9.7 million federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant. The three-year grant, now approved by the council, will add 30 new police officers to the ranks of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), allowing more […]

Jacob Blake’s family will take fight past the DA’s decision

BY: - January 7, 2021

As Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely announced that no charges would be brought against officers involved in the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, National Guard and law enforcement personnel kitted out in winter-adapted tactical gear positioned themselves around the city. A quiet stillness hung in the air, particularly around Civic Park, the site of […]

A Milwaukee County Sheriff vehicle parked below a bridge being crossed my protesters. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The struggle over the future of Milwaukee County’s 2021 budget

BY: - November 13, 2020

The Milwaukee County 2021 budget was signed on Thursday by Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, yet a debate continues over what direction the budget should take in the future. The central problem before county supervisors is the $42.5 million budget gap for this year, which was created due to the pandemic. The county board faced […]