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Community leaders to speak on root causes of violent crime in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE-- Candid comments about violent crime and what milwaukee police are doing it about it.

Community leaders gathered to speak out about the urgent need to fix underlying social issues tearing down the inner city.

Those root issues include things like unemployment, high rates of incarceration and poverty.

Local leaders say the anger and frustration from those problems unfortunately manifest into violence in segregreated neighborhoods.

Right now, Milwaukee police are dealing with a large number of teenagers accused of committing armed carjackings.

They say change must be about reforming policies and providing economic oppportunity that give minorities hope.\"

\"I've seen too many funerals, too many people in despair and the response is always the same,\" said Dr. Stan stojkovic, UWM School of Social Welfare. \"We don't need another program.\"

\"The new Bucks arena should be built in the old A.O. Smith site,\" said Rev. Willie Briscoe with MICAH. \"That's where it should go if we're serious about lifting up the economy on the inner city.\"

Leaders also stressed accountability among community members, demanding jobs not just asking for them and getting out to vote so they can ensure elected officials are working in their favor.

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