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Nick DeSiato

Nick DeSiato, chief of staff of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Formerly DeSiato was an Assistant City Attorney at the City of Milwaukee.

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City Hall: Nick DeSiato Is New Chief of Staff For Mayor Johnson
City Hall

Nick DeSiato Is New Chief of Staff For Mayor Johnson

Jim Bohl will lead city's lobbying team, Kimberly Montgomery is retiring.

City Hall: Milwaukee Sues Second Reckless Driver
City Hall

Milwaukee Sues Second Reckless Driver

LaShawn Thomas has received 37 traffic citations in five years

Milwaukee Police Have Towed More Than 100 Vehicles Since May For Reckless Driving

Milwaukee Police Have Towed More Than 100 Vehicles Since May For Reckless Driving

New policy targets worst offenders, and it has found a number.

Milwaukee Eighth in Nation for Vehicle Thefts

Milwaukee Eighth in Nation for Vehicle Thefts

Two years ago Milwaukee was 66th.

Police Begin Suing Reckless Drivers

Police Begin Suing Reckless Drivers

MPD files lawsuit against driver with 44 violations, warns 20 more repeat reckless drivers they could be sued.

Milwaukee Police Sending Body Armor To Ukraine

Milwaukee Police Sending Body Armor To Ukraine

Sister city Irpin will receive donations of disused protective equipment.

City Hall: New $5,000 Fine For Not Reporting Stolen Guns
City Hall

New $5,000 Fine For Not Reporting Stolen Guns

Proposal includes a requirement to securely store guns in cars. MPD backing proposal.

City Hall: What Will Police Buy With Forfeiture Funds?
City Hall

What Will Police Buy With Forfeiture Funds?

$1.48 million in seized assets will pay for everything from pole camera to ice cream freezer.

Transportation: Milwaukee Planning To Eliminate Traffic Crash Deaths
Transportation

Milwaukee Planning To Eliminate Traffic Crash Deaths

City, led by Mayor Cavalier Johnson, adopts "Vision Zero" policy

City Hall: Police Officers Lied About Vaccine Status
City Hall

Police Officers Lied About Vaccine Status

Two officers lied to take a taxpayer-funded trip, under advice from Lieutenant who retired before discipline could be issued.

Council Members Asking RNC For $6 Million

Council Members Asking RNC For $6 Million

Milwaukee can't otherwise benefit from convention because of lack of sales or hotel tax.

Summerfest Will Pay Full Cost of Policing For Second Straight Year

Summerfest Will Pay Full Cost of Policing For Second Straight Year

After the issue came to a head in 2019, city is being compensated for securing festival.

City Hall: MPD Temporarily Lost More Than 8,000 Citations
City Hall

MPD Temporarily Lost More Than 8,000 Citations

Offenses including speeding, disorderly conduct, assault and battery had no follow-up after ticket issued.

7 Vehicles Towed In 36 Hours Under New City Policy

7 Vehicles Towed In 36 Hours Under New City Policy

New police policy part of broader effort to stop reckless driving.

City’s Auto Thefts Up 132% Last Year

City’s Auto Thefts Up 132% Last Year

10,479 vehicles stolen in 2021, but police department sees hopeful signs in 2022.

City Hall: City Attorney Halts Plan To Sue Reckless Drivers
City Hall

City Attorney Halts Plan To Sue Reckless Drivers

Spencer submits last minute opinion saying the proposal is too broad.

City Hall: MPD Moving To Seize Vehicles Via Court System
City Hall

MPD Moving To Seize Vehicles Via Court System

Policy would apply to repeat offenders that don't change their driving behavior.

Milwaukee Seen As RNC Favorite

Milwaukee Seen As RNC Favorite

Former Governor Scott Walker leading tour of city today. Taxpayers paying for security.

Milwaukee Poised To Tow Unregistered Vehicles Driven Recklessly

Milwaukee Poised To Tow Unregistered Vehicles Driven Recklessly

Policy is envisioned as part of reckless driving crackdown.

City Hall: Milwaukee Could Start Towing Reckless Drivers’ Vehicles
City Hall

Milwaukee Could Start Towing Reckless Drivers’ Vehicles

Vehicle would need to be unregistered. But committee can't agree on policy.

City Could Sue Reckless Drivers in Civil Court

City Could Sue Reckless Drivers in Civil Court

Could allow seizure of repeat offenders' cars. But is City Attorney trying to delay civil suits?

Community Policing Commission Off to Slow Start

Community Policing Commission Off to Slow Start

Community Collaborative Commission sees delays in implementation of new policing procedures.

City Hall: Half of Milwaukee’s Car Thefts By Children
City Hall

Half of Milwaukee’s Car Thefts By Children

The 'Kia Boyz' have helped drive 'astronomical' 58% increase in city's car thefts, nearly half by kids 16 and under.

Milwaukee Youth Caught In Middle of Rising Violence

Milwaukee Youth Caught In Middle of Rising Violence

Police, government resources unable to break cycle of violence destroying lives.

City Hall: Police Department Tweets Lied To Public
City Hall

Police Department Tweets Lied To Public

Comptroller audit finds 2020 tweets misled public. Acting Chief Norman calls them "unacceptable."

City Hall: Homicides, Shootings, Auto Thefts All At Record Highs
City Hall

Homicides, Shootings, Auto Thefts All At Record Highs

MPD Acting Chief Jeffrey Norman presents vision of community-centered approach to solving issues.

City Hall: Committee OK’s ARPA Funding for Ambulances, Reckless Driving and Eviction Prevention
City Hall

Committee OK’s ARPA Funding for Ambulances, Reckless Driving and Eviction Prevention

Finance & Personnel Committee recommends spending $14 million of city's $394 million ARPA allocation.

Should Water Street Be Gun-Free District?

Should Water Street Be Gun-Free District?

Downtown stakeholders consider how Kansas City, Memphis, New Orleans handle bar district problems.

Two-Thirds of All Milwaukee Auto Thefts Are Kia and Hyundai Vehicles

Two-Thirds of All Milwaukee Auto Thefts Are Kia and Hyundai Vehicles

Milwaukee on track for record breaking year, having already eclipsed all of 2020.

City Hall: Summerfest, City Strike Deal On Police Costs
City Hall

Summerfest, City Strike Deal On Police Costs

Costs had climbed to more than $800,000 annually for MPD, but festival paid for little of it.

Unarmed First Responders Task Force now underway
City Hall: Council Approves Federal Drug Trafficking Grants
City Hall

Council Approves Federal Drug Trafficking Grants

Activist asks what success fighting War on Drugs looks like? MPD lists arrests, seizures.

City Hall: DPW To Test Smart Garbage Truck Technology
City Hall

DPW To Test Smart Garbage Truck Technology

Could city fleet be used for reporting potholes and illegal dumping? Maybe.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Troubled Tavern Could Become Veteran’s Housing
Eyes on Milwaukee

Troubled Tavern Could Become Veteran’s Housing

Southside-focused real estate firm buying S. 6th St. building.

City Hall: Council Committee Rejects MPD Request To Be Featured on Crime Show
City Hall

Council Committee Rejects MPD Request To Be Featured on Crime Show

MPD sees it as public relations improvement. Alderman sees it as "trauma porn."

City Hall: Coggs Continues to Lead Push for Enhanced Trauma-Informed Care
City Hall

Coggs Continues to Lead Push for Enhanced Trauma-Informed Care

Alderwoman pushes for standardization in referrals with hopes of preventing future crime.

City Hall: Council, Mayor Clash Over Police Grant
City Hall

Council, Mayor Clash Over Police Grant

Nine council members blast Barrett, claiming he's not committed to police reform.

City Hall: Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant

Means 30 fewer officers, leaving Milwaukee down by 150 officers in 2021.

City Hall: Council Sets Conditions For COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Sets Conditions For COPS Grant

Committee proposes 7 conditions for police department in order for city to accept federal grant.

City Hall: Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget
City Hall

Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget

Amendments target violence prevention, housing, lead abatement and more.

City Hall: City Could Lose 30 More Police Officers
City Hall

City Could Lose 30 More Police Officers

Federal grant rules could mean cutting 30 more than proposed cut of 120 cops.

Federal “Surge” Is At Least 25 Agents

Federal “Surge” Is At Least 25 Agents

But far smaller than other cities, will not target protesters, says agent in charge.

City Hall: Milwaukee Federal Agent “Surge” Nothing New?
City Hall

Milwaukee Federal Agent “Surge” Nothing New?

Different than Portland, continues past help, Chisholm and DeSiato explain.

City Hall: Should Police Report Every Time They Draw Weapon?
City Hall

Should Police Report Every Time They Draw Weapon?

MPD says it's a paperwork burden. Alderman says he's not looking for a Master's thesis.

City Hall: How Many Fewer Cops With A 10% Cut?
City Hall

How Many Fewer Cops With A 10% Cut?

The number is smaller than 375 officers the Police Department claims, but how much smaller?

Council Okays Fines for “Safer at Home” Violators

Council Okays Fines for “Safer at Home” Violators

107 arrests so far by Milwaukee Police; now can issue fines of $500 to enforce state order.

City Hall: Mixed Results on ACLU Settlement Compliance
City Hall

Mixed Results on ACLU Settlement Compliance

Settlement monitor praises commitment by FPC and MPD to getting into compliance.

Murphy’s Law: Summerfest Got $48 Million in Gifts
Murphy’s Law

Summerfest Got $48 Million in Gifts

Total donations from 2010 to 2018 helped pay for CEO Don Smiley’s "caviar lifestyle"?

City Hall: Police Overtime Costs a Budget Problem
City Hall

Police Overtime Costs a Budget Problem

Council discusses how to trim annual cost of $17 million. Unfunded service for Summerfest an issue.

City Hall: 4,000 Police Officers Will Guard DNC
City Hall

4,000 Police Officers Will Guard DNC

Some 150 police departments, 12 fire departments will secure 50,000-person event.

City Hall: Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget
City Hall

Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget

Council wrestles with huge fiscal challenges due to rising police costs, declining state aid.

City Hall: Milwaukee Losing As Summerfest Safety Costs Grow Quickly
City Hall

Milwaukee Losing As Summerfest Safety Costs Grow Quickly

Long-term lease agreement means the city has eaten $4 million in costs since 2011.

City Hall: City Will Shame Prostitutes’ Customers
City Hall

City Will Shame Prostitutes’ Customers

Get caught paying for sex? That'll cost you $2,500 and maybe exposure on TV.

City Hall: MPD Complying With ACLU Settlement
City Hall

MPD Complying With ACLU Settlement

Changes due to suit alleging Milwaukee Police stop-and-frisk policy used racial profiling.

City declares apartment building a public nuisance
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City declares apartment building a public nuisance