Protesters disrupt Common Council meeting over handling of lead crisis
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Protesters are demanding more is done to address the city's lead crisis.
The protesters chanted loudly as they walked inside the chambers Tuesday morning and stayed for about 10 minutes. One protestor even brought a gallon of water he said had lead in it and challenged the council to drink the water.
The protesters say city leaders should spend more money on replacing lead service lines instead of spending money on a proposed $46 million streetcar expansion just announced by Mayor Tom Barrett. The city's health commissioner spoke at the last public safety and health committee meeting and the issue was on Tuesday's agenda but alderwoman Milele Coggs spoke wasn't satisfied with the latest findings.
"I personally was not satisfied with the communication that came forward," Milwaukee Ald. Coggs - 6th District said.
"Milwaukee is not a fun place to be. Milwaukee is a great fake on a Great Lake. You've got billions of dollars of infrastructure in the Upper East Side and downtown Milwaukee, but what do you have in the black and brown communities? You have crumbs," said King Rick, leader of the Black Panthers of Milwaukee.
The lead issue will now go back to committee to be discussed further. The Black Panthers plan to disrupt events like Summerfest, the State Fair, and the DNC until they get what they want.