Rep. Bowen: Statement on recent turmoil in Milwaukee
“Elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders need to come together and listen to the people in our community who continue struggling to get by.”
MILWAUKEE – Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), who grew up in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee and has been present in the area every night since Saturday, released the following statement concerning the recent turmoil in the neighborhood:
“The loss of another young life in our city has understandably reinvigorated the frustrations of many people – of all ages – in our community. As the epidemic of police shootings has continued to disproportionately take the lives of Black men and women, members of affected communities have grown frustrated that they are not being heard on this and many other issues that disadvantage Black people in every aspect of life, causing extreme hopelessness and trauma.
“Elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders need to come together and listen to the people in our community who continue struggling to get by. They need to follow through with productive efforts to create family supporting, living wage jobs, access to health care, and high quality, adequately funded public schools.
“I encourage Governor Walker to join myself and a group of elected officials and faith leaders this Friday at 6 p.m. at Parklawn Assembly of God Church in the Sherman Park Neighborhood for a listening session that is open to the public, not invite-only, so he can better understand the challenges, the needs, and the ideas so prevalent among our residents.”
Press Releases by David Bowen
"Today's announcement that charges have been brought on Sylville Smith's shooter is an important step toward justice for Sylville, his family and friends, and a community that mourns his death."
Reps. Bowen and Brostoff: Response to Gov. Walker’s comments on opening a Milwaukee-based youth correctional facilityDec 6th, 2016 by David Bowen
Governor Walker made comments that he is willing to work with Milwaukee elected officials on a local juvenile corrections facility.
The Department’s request guarantees Wisconsin will remain out of compliance with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
State Rep. David Bowen & State Rep. Evan Goyke Call on the United States Department of Justice to Take Over the Investigation into the Shooting of Sylville SmithAug 26th, 2016 by David Bowen
“It is crucial that trust be restored to the relationship between the public and law enforcement,” said Rep. David Bowen
“It is time for the sheriff to reverse his poor decision and restore full public access to Sherman Park.”
Rep. Bowen addresses the upcoming “Blue Day Rally” and the necessity of police accountability in the communityAug 12th, 2016 by David Bowen
"What the whole state needs to hear. That Black Lives must matter and those who advocate for them need this community’s support too."