Ald. Russell Stamper, II
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Facebook photo shows workers of city-hired subcontractor carrying handguns

News release and image from Alderman Stamper, Alderwoman Coggs, and Council President Hamilton

By - Dec 4th, 2017 04:27 pm
Facebook photo shows workers of city-hired subcontractor carrying handguns

Facebook photo shows workers of city-hired subcontractor carrying handguns

Members of the Milwaukee Common Council are outraged at a Facebook photo showing an employee of a subcontractor hired by a company working for the Department of Public Works openly brandishing a handgun next to two coworkers open carrying holstered handguns, at a worksite near N. 19th and W. Meinecke Streets.

Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, in whose 15th District the photo was taken, said he is shocked and angered by the image. “Behavior as dangerous and disrespectful as this is appalling and has no place in any neighborhood and by any city contractor, subcontractor or representative,” he said.

“If this is a real, untouched photo I would like this individual and that crew removed immediately from the site and barred from any future city projects,” said Alderman Stamper, chair of the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee.

“I will be working with my colleagues on possible legislative measures to make sure this type of behavior will not happen again on any future city projects,” Alderman Stamper said.

Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton said he has been told the owner of the contracting company has been summoned to meet tomorrow (Tuesday, December 5) with DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban. “I will be immediately following up with Commissioner Korban to see what was discussed and to determine future worksite requirements and supervision with this contractor,” he said.

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee, said the photo reflects poorly on the subcontractor and is now being shared widely on social media.

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5 thoughts on “Facebook photo shows workers of city-hired subcontractor carrying handguns”

  1. GPS says:

    I wish the Alderman in Milwaukee got this outraged about, car jacking, homicides, drug dealing etc. But then they might actually have to solve those problems.

  2. Mike says:

    +1 for GPS The crime in Milwaukee is ridiculous.

  3. MKE Kid says:

    Why not CC, fellas? Trying to look all big and bad?
    Open carry in an urban setting is asking for trouble. Anybody could have picked them off without them even knowing where the shooter was. And why does that one doofus have his gun unholstered? Don’t take your gun out unless you’re intending on using it.
    Fools like these are just providing ammo for the anti-gun people.

  4. Old Man Yells at Cloud says:

    FYI, the building visible in the background is an elementary school. Why on earth is he holding his firearm? Machismo at its finest, these dudes want to look tough in the ‘hood’.

  5. GPS says:

    OLMYAC, Looks like an empty school based on no cars in the parking lot. Which is about right for Milwaukee, an empty school.

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