Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Two cops dead and homicides, shootings, violence and disorder continue – where’s the plan, Tom?

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - August 6, 2018

By - Aug 6th, 2018 11:15 am

It was most somber last Wednesday at the funeral services for Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski, killed by an individual who – in my opinion – should have never been on the street in the first place (but that is a whole different topic and not to be addressed here).

Officer Michalski’s death in the line of duty came on the heels of another death in the line of duty, that of Police Officer Charles Irvine, Jr.

Sadly we continue to see senseless violence throughout Milwaukee – shootings and homicides. Gun violence even visited Washington Park over the weekend as a car pulled up and someone fired multiple shots at boys and young men playing basketball, just feet away from citizens taking part in a church picnic.

How sad and shameful!

Some of us have been made aware of the incredibly violent weekend that just ended in Chicago, where there were 44 shootings in 14 hours.

So is this level of violence in Chicago what the citizens of Milwaukee can expect down the road?

Is it unreasonable for Milwaukee citizens to expect some relief from this onslaught? Is it too much to ask Mayor Barrett for some semblance of a plan and direction to move us forward out of this deadly violence?

Two years ago the Common Council came forward with a proactive plan for public safety – a very good plan that I back 100% to this day (please go to to read the plan). The plan contains common sense but also some inconvenient truths that so many politicians just don’t want to hear.


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