MPD hoping for safe Juneteenth Day

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police and one local organization are making sure the city's Juneteenth Day celebration is a safe one. 

MPD has been working with the Northcott Neighborhood House for years. They want to make sure the celebrations are safe for everyone. 

The department says there were no shootings or homicides on Juneteenth Day in 2018 and city officials want to continue that in 2019. 

"We want people to put their guns down and we want to make sure there's no violence at all on this day that is of great importance to our community," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. 

Juneteenth Day celebrates the end of slavery in America. Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration is Wednesday, June 19 on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

There's a parade that starts at 9:00 a.m. and a festival that starts at noon. 

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