Bay View residents fight back against assault


by Krystal Shull

Bay View -- Alarmed and angered by a recent sexual assault, residents of Bay View are set to take back the night, Monday, joining together as a community to encourage neighbors to look out for one another and demonstrating their commitment to maintaining Bay View as one of Milwaukee's safest neighborhoods.

Alderman Tony Zielinski said residents, victims' rights groups, police and government officials will meet at 2500 S. Howell Ave., the scene of the recent attack, at 7:30 p.m., tonight.

Carrying signs, they will walk through some of the area's most prominent ngihttime destinations in a show of support for the victim, solidarity as a neighborhood and uncompromising resolve to see the perpetrator arrested and prosecuted. Their route will take them to the south and wrap up with a debrief at the Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave.

"This is one of the safest, mostly lively neighborhoods in the city," Alderman Zielinski said. "We are going to catch the perpetrator of this crime and see that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Bay View is organized and committed to making this a neighborhood where everyone can feel safe at any time of day or night, and we look out for each other."

Following the debrief at Sugar Maple, Alderman Zielinksi said a shuttle will be available to take participants back to their cars.

All residents are encouraged to take part in the march.



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