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Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict

Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict

Local activists, members of The People's Revolution celebrate, call for further efforts to achieve justice.

Jury Finds Officer Derek Chauvin Guilty

Jury Finds Officer Derek Chauvin Guilty

Minneapolis cop guilty on all charges, including second degree murder of George Floyd.

Murphy’s Law: 8 Ways Police Mishandled Protests
Murphy’s Law

8 Ways Police Mishandled Protests

From Los Angeles to New York, Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, police made similar mistakes.

Acting Police Chief Offers Frank Views

Acting Police Chief Offers Frank Views

"I’m a Black man first,” Norman tells panel. "I will not tolerate any explicit biases."

How Milwaukeeans Helped Texas

How Milwaukeeans Helped Texas

In response to Texas crisis, local community effort raises money and delivers supplies.

After Prison, What Next?

After Prison, What Next?

How to handle the formerly incarcerated. Milwaukee town hall tackles the issue.

Community Leaders Lament Jacob Blake Decision

Community Leaders Lament Jacob Blake Decision

Dismay over Kenosha County DA choosing not to charge officer who shot Blake.

People’s Revolution Marks 200 Days of Protest

People’s Revolution Marks 200 Days of Protest

Protests against police brutality match the record of 1960's open housing marchers.

City Hall: Fire & Police Commission Ties On Next Police Chief
City Hall

Fire & Police Commission Ties On Next Police Chief

Will meet again on December 10th.

Trump Rally Becomes Confrontation

Trump Rally Becomes Confrontation

Crowd resists Health Department rules, Serb Hall hit with city citations, its manager in fracas with crowd.

City Hall: Community Groups Propose Changes
City Hall

Community Groups Propose Changes

Twelve groups invited to speak and push less spending on police and more on lead abatement, other programs.

Frank Nitty Leads March from Milwaukee to Washington D.C.

Frank Nitty Leads March from Milwaukee to Washington D.C.

750-mile march ends with Nitty speaking at rally on steps of Lincoln Memorial in front of thousands. Blake, Acevedo, Hamilton families also present.

City Hall: Budget Testimony Includes Repeated Ask For $75 Million Police Cut
City Hall

Budget Testimony Includes Repeated Ask For $75 Million Police Cut

Two-thirds of those that testified at preliminary budget hearing want funds to go towards health, housing.

March Against Mass Incarceration During COVID-19

March Against Mass Incarceration During COVID-19

Protesters derided the conditions in jails and prisons, especially during the pandemic.

Protest Day 80: Mural of Black Leaders Unveiled
Protest Day 80

Mural of Black Leaders Unveiled

New mural on 14th and Vliet depicts leaders young and old, alive and dead.

Protest Day 73: Bowen Says Officer Mensah Fired The Gun
Protest Day 73

Bowen Says Officer Mensah Fired The Gun

Rep. Bowen disputes police account, says Mensah, not protestors, fired gun at officer's house.

Suspended Tosa Police Officer Reportedly Assaulted By Protesters

Suspended Tosa Police Officer Reportedly Assaulted By Protesters

Officer Joseph Mensah's home was vandalized a large group of people says Wauwatosa PD

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

This weekend will mark the second-straight month of protests.

Here Are Chief Morales’ Marching Orders

Here Are Chief Morales’ Marching Orders

Read all 11 directives, ranging from a COVID-19 mask policy to attending every commission meeting.

City Hall: FPC Gives Morales 11 Directives, Threatens Firing For Non-Compliance
City Hall

FPC Gives Morales 11 Directives, Threatens Firing For Non-Compliance

Move comes as part of six month review of Morales' performance.

Protest Day 51: Outdoor Civil Rights Museum Planned For Near West Side
Protest Day 51

Outdoor Civil Rights Museum Planned For Near West Side

Mural featuring current leaders is just first phase of broader plan from Mil Collective.

Protesters Rally for Joel Acevedo
Protesters Call for Justice for Vanessa Guillen
Vaun Mayes Released From Jail

Vaun Mayes Released From Jail

DA reviewing charges on protest organizer. Activists call it targeted harassment, call for Chief Morales to step down.

Protest Day 31: New Mural Honors Milwaukee Activists
Protest Day 31

New Mural Honors Milwaukee Activists

Mural depicts Frank Nitty, Tommy Franecki, Vaun Mayes, Markasa Tucker and others.

MPD makes arrest in connection to civil unrest that occurred on the 2100 block of North 40th Street
Protest Organizer Vaun Mayes Arrested

Protest Organizer Vaun Mayes Arrested

For "burglary party to a crime" says arrest blotter. Frank Nitty captures arrest on video.

Mother Connected to “40th and Lloyd” Incident Speaks Out

Mother Connected to “40th and Lloyd” Incident Speaks Out

Was missing teenage girl ever at N. 40th St.? Mother unsure, but questions about home remain from community.

Activists Clean Up Around Burned House As Questions Remain

Activists Clean Up Around Burned House As Questions Remain

Activists want more from police, police want cooperation from community

Suspected Sex Trafficking House Burned

Suspected Sex Trafficking House Burned

Crowd surrounds house at 40th and Lloyd believed to be connected to missing children.

Community Activists Discuss Police Reforms

Community Activists Discuss Police Reforms

Everything from cutting funds from police budgets to community control over public safety.

City Attorney Moving To Drop Curfew Charges

City Attorney Moving To Drop Curfew Charges

Charges will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but at least one lawsuit still likely.

Rep. Bowen Statement on Weekend Spitting Incident in Shorewood
Day 11 of Protests, No End In Sight

Day 11 of Protests, No End In Sight

Destiny Monae and Vaun Mayes share their thoughts on what comes next.

“Shorewood Spitter” Taken To Jail After Second Incident

“Shorewood Spitter” Taken To Jail After Second Incident

Attorney Stephanie Rapkin is accused of spitting on teenager, shoving college student and kneeing police officer in groin.

State, City Elected Officials Call for Police Reform

State, City Elected Officials Call for Police Reform

Activists, Alders, lawmakers and the governor are calling for policy changes.

Nitty Leads Peaceful March While Protecting Against Assassination

Nitty Leads Peaceful March While Protecting Against Assassination

Seventh-day is a charm as two large marches take place without incident

Marches Multiply, Council Will Investigate Curfew, Police Response

Marches Multiply, Council Will Investigate Curfew, Police Response

Group openly carrying rifles joins late march, car caravan later takes over.

King Drive Cleanup Draws Hundreds

King Drive Cleanup Draws Hundreds

De facto center of George Floyd protests spiffed up. "This is our city," says volunteer Pamela Bell.

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

But protest leader Vaun Mayes also criticizes church leaders, other march organizers.

City Hall: Chief Morales Reappointed for Four Years
City Hall

Chief Morales Reappointed for Four Years

Commission grants police chief a full term, requires public meeting, reports.

New Charges Against Activist Vaun Mayes

New Charges Against Activist Vaun Mayes

Community organizer says he's being targeted as a "Black Identity Extremist.”

City Hall: Anonymous Crime Reporting Service Launches
City Hall

Anonymous Crime Reporting Service Launches

"Crime doesn't pay, but Crime Stoppers does," says Alderwoman Chantia Lewis.

City Hall: Community Outpouring Over City Budget
City Hall

Community Outpouring Over City Budget

Dozens of residents object to nearly half of budget paying for police.

Video: Remembering Quanita “Tay” Jackson
Video

Remembering Quanita “Tay” Jackson

She worked to make city better, only to be fatally shot.

City Hall: Will Lena Taylor Run for Mayor?
City Hall

Will Lena Taylor Run for Mayor?

Group attempting to draft Democratic Senator to run in crowded field.

City Hall: Barrett Blasted on Infant Mortality Grant
City Hall

Barrett Blasted on Infant Mortality Grant

African-American led organizations say Mayor, Kowalik killed their effort to get grant.

Questions Surround Vaun Mayes’ Arrest

Questions Surround Vaun Mayes’ Arrest

Charged with plot to firebomb police, Mayes is a dedicated community worker, supporters say.

ACLU Justice Tour Targets Racism

ACLU Justice Tour Targets Racism

Mass incarceration and police stop-and-frisk program discussed at weekend event.

Business Owner Calls For Drugs Cease Fire

Business Owner Calls For Drugs Cease Fire

Center Street barber shop owner calls on residents in neighborhoods with heavy drug trafficking.

Vaun Mayes Released Pending Trial

Vaun Mayes Released Pending Trial

Sherman Park activist accused of attempting to firebomb police station.

Community Groups Want Say On Police Chief

Community Groups Want Say On Police Chief

In search for new chief, pushing for a candidate committed to community relations.

City’s Anti-Violence Effort Stalls

City’s Anti-Violence Effort Stalls

Office of Violence Prevention’s plan was due in June. Donovan, others criticize delay.

Beyond Sherman Park

Beyond Sherman Park

Community takes stock of central city a year after unrest. Discussion to air on PBS Aug. 10

50 Years After the Marches: Still Fighting for Equality
50 Years After the Marches

Still Fighting for Equality

A new generation of black leaders faces economic, educational inequities.

Black Leaders React to Smith Verdict

Black Leaders React to Smith Verdict

Calling for peace after acquittal of officer who shot Sylville Smith.

Still Questions on Claybrook’s Death

Still Questions on Claybrook’s Death

Suspect killed by hail of bullets from police. But was this necessary?

Sherman Park Residents Bash Station Owner

Sherman Park Residents Bash Station Owner

Some favor rebuild of gas station. But many point to longtime problems.

City Panel Rejects Sherman Park Station

City Panel Rejects Sherman Park Station

Design criticized. Would replace gas station destroyed during summer riot.

City’s $1 House Program Criticized

City’s $1 House Program Criticized

Residents question why only developers can buy foreclosed homes for a dollar.

Mixed Reactions to Charges in Sylville Smith’s Killing

Mixed Reactions to Charges in Sylville Smith’s Killing

DA charges officer Heaggan-Brown. Family and community demand video's release.

300+ Strong Amplifies Black Voices

300+ Strong Amplifies Black Voices

Black community leaders pay tribute to Eric Von, challenge youth to “pick up the baton.”

Brostoff Arrest Raises Questions

Brostoff Arrest Raises Questions

State rep says police focus must change; Police say Ald. Rainey asked them to be there.

When Will Sherman Park Curfew End?

When Will Sherman Park Curfew End?

Youth in area say they have nowhere to go. Sheriff Clarke won’t say when it will be lifted.