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'Gravely concerning:' 15 kids injured, killed in Milwaukee gun violence over 2 month period

’Gravely concerning: ’ 15 kids injured, killed in Milwaukee gun violence over 2 month period

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An alarming trend in the city of Milwaukee: kids increasingly becoming victims of gun violence. The city’s Office of Violence Prevention says more than a dozen have been shot since April 1.

Just this week, a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old were injured in separate shootings.

“The pandemic did not slow down the level of gun violence that we began the year,” said Reggie Moore, the Office of Violence Prevention’s injury and violence prevention director.

Moore says in just the last two months, 15 minors have been injured or killed in shootings.

“This is something that is gravely concerning to us as a city and to our entire community,” Moore said.

Moore says with people being forced to stay home and unemployment rates skyrocketing, domestic violence rates are up. On April 27 five people, including a 14-year-old, 16-year-old and 17-year-old, were killed in a domestic violence shooting.

Moore says another part of the problem is kids are home more and getting a hold of guns.

“There was a significant increase in gun purchases as the pandemic began and so there are a lot more homes with firearms in them,” Moore said. “And so children have obviously had to be home much more.”

 The Milwaukee Police Department put out a PSA last month, offering free gunlocks to anyone, no questions asked. You can pick one up at any MPD district.

Meanwhile, as safer at home restrictions are lifted, the Office of Violence Prevention will be able to get back in to the community doing more in-person interaction.

“Now that we have access to PPE and proper training, we will be engaging in a lot more outreaching heading into June and beyond,” Moore said.

Moore hopes that will help make it a more peaceful summer.

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Marc 10 days ago
Good thing I don't live in Milwaukee anymore.....been gone for ages.
Homer 11 days ago
If Whites would just put down their guns in Milwaukee, these shootings of children would drop 0%.

Facts and Statistics are Racist.

In Milwaukee, a Black man is 22 times more likely to be shot than a White man. Why is that?

In Milwaukee, less than 50% of shootings are solved, resulting in a shooter being convicted of the crime. Why is that?

Would SNITCHING (providing Milwaukee Police with information to solve these crimes) result in More, or Less Milwaukee shootings?

Can anything be done? No... PSA... Lip Flapping...

Penalties for Gun Violence should mandate the Amputation of the Dominant Hand of the shooter, regardless of age, sex, or race. Repeat offenders... Felons caught with a gun should loose a hand.

Amputations will never happen. These Young Lives don't matter. The weather will get HOT, and the shootings will continue... followed my more PSA's and more Lip Flapping.

Can you imagine if this were Black on White violence (ignored by the media), or White on Black violence...?
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Kevin Homer 11 days ago
Well there do seem to be programs throughout the nation that have shown promise and reduced violent crime and homicides (far too many to post here) but there really is no political backbone for real criminal justice reform in the current climate - politicians do not want to be viewed as "soft on crime". After reviewing some recent sentences in Milwaukee County for armed robbery an intentional homicide and even reckless endangerment with weapon I didn't find "demerits and timeouts" - I found 33 years in prison 17 years extended supervision, 22 1/2 years in prison and 15 years extended supervision, and 12 years in prison and 5 years probation. For such offenses I do support long sentences.

Research shows, however, that for drug offenses and non-violent offenses black offenders still receive longer sentences than white offenders for the SAME offense. Mass incarceration has decimated many black families. Based on studies whites and blacks use drugs at the same rate but blacks are more likely to be arrested and charged for drug offenses. Maybe saturating neighborhoods with police officers stopping everyone and anyone to try to search them has lead to a "self fulfilling prophecy" so those outside the community can say "see - look at all that crime".
Kevin Homer 10 days ago

As for "stop snitching" that is basically hyperbole. Most crimes in the city of Milwaukee are solved by input from black victims and witnesses. I do think many young blacks do not trust the police and that may lead to less cooperation but I would contend that the lack of trust is based on how police deal with the citizens in certain neighborhoods. Remember "code of silence" among police officers where no cop would ever "snitch" on another cop, which allowed police brutality and misconduct to thrive? The police department needs to work to build trust and respect in many neighborhoods in this country. I, for one, believe that the residency requirement in which Milwaukee police officers had to live in the city was a good thing for policing and community-police relations. I think a recent study I read said that 30-35% of Milwaukee's police force lives outside of the city since Governor Walker said communities could not have such policies. Cops who live in the communities that they protect are invested in the city and its people.
Less of an "us vs. them" mentality. More "we".

Like I said there are things that are working but it takes time. Obviously murderers and people who habitually commit violent crimes need to be locked up. But that is the easy part. The harder part is getting at why so many young people feel the need to use a gun so quickly during disputes. Guns are involved in everything from a neighbor dispute to a car wreck to a domestic argument in Milwaukee.
Like I said in your first post about the 17 year old being shot in Dineen Park - I think economic empowerment where many people have access to good jobs that can sustain their livelihood in their neighborhoods is important - so how do we get there? I also think education of young people so that they experience success and feel valued and see a connection between being a part of the economy and being a part of a community could help them see value in their life and other peoples'.

The problem is there is no money to be made on the inner cities. There is no profit margin in helping people who have little economic means, lack of health care, and failing schools. In America - if you can't make money from it there will be no serious effort to deal with it.
Kevin Homer 10 days ago
I also think that Black Lives Matter and other movements can coexist with outrage and disgust in senseless crime in neighborhoods - and often times the people active in highlighting police misconduct are also active in "stop the violence" campaigns - one doesnt have to take away from the other.

Just as I believe that people in Milwaukee "back the badge" but also realize there are corrupt cops and cops who abuse their power and cops who just arent good at their job. You can support police overall but still acknowledge some cops shouldnt be cops.
When white people claim that Black Lives Matter is some sort of misplaced energy they simply do not understand the underlying societal and systematic conditions in this nation - or they feel threatened somehow. Disparities in income and arrest rates and sentencing have existed for decades - and almost 99% of the time when a cop shoots a person of color (even when unarmed) the cop is never found guilty of a crime - and 90% of the time they are never charged. Makes 50% being charged in "regular" homicides look good. I think Black Lives Matter AND Back The Badge AND addressing crime overall CAN all co-exist and should co-exist ... they are all 3 looking for the same thing - JUSTICE.
Kevin Homer 10 days ago
and as to "what Real Solutions, that take time, are working anywhere?" it isnt too difficult to research and find data globally and in the US that shows progress - where homicides and violent crime went down.
It tends to fluctuate year to year but the Boston "Miracle" of the 1990s and Richmond, California (in the 90s called the Gary, IN of the west) greatly reduced homicides and even Chicago in 2017 saw a reduction in homicides by 120 from the year before.

Some things that show promise: addressing blighted housing, gun buy back programs, community policing including focused deterrence and hot spot policing and building relationships in poorer neighbohoods, focus on alcohol-related behaviors, separate domestic violence courts focusing on counseling and anger management, the connection to school and drop out / attendance rates.

Again - no easy solutions and ideas that involve different institutions including police and school systems and housing and economic programs. Not all effective strategies can be replicated in every community because each city and each neighborhood is different.
Repton1 11 days ago
Culture. It's not a gun problem , it's a cultural problem.
goodorbad Repton1 11 days ago
Agreed. Nice dig in the article how gun sales increased on onset of pandemic. Yet the family of 5 shot by husband/father -he was not supposed to own a firearm ever. It says so right in the conditions of his prior parole/probation. RESPONSIBLE gun owners do not behave that way. Gun SALES have nothing to do with the violence. It is the gun THEFT, guns traded for drugs etc. by persons who are NOT supposed to have them. Deterring/banning legal gun sales to responsible persons will not stop the evil. People bought guns LEGALLY at the onset to protect themselves or put meat on the table.
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