When protests go from peaceful to illegal
City must come up with enforcement strategy to address specific behaviors and traffic issues
Since the protests began following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, some protests in Milwaukee have visited the homes of Mayor Barrett and other officials and appointees.
These were early protests that brought the messaging against police misconduct and injustices directly to the intended ‘targets,’ and were peaceful in nature.
Today, however, we are seeing targeted protests near the private home of Police Chief Alfonso Morales (in the 5th Aldermanic District) that have taken on a lawless and nuisance identity. Powered by caravanning and marching, these protests illegally block and clog up residential streets while some participants gather to chant and yell. The illegal traffic activity means residents cannot drive in or out of their driveways (or enter or leave the cul de sac), and God forbid if a fire truck or emergency vehicle would need to respond to that block or area.
Exercising one’s First Amendment right is protected and critical, but do protests featuring illegal activities trump the quiet enjoyment of one’s home and neighborhood? Are loitering and illegal drug use while illegally clogging up a residential street now just things Milwaukee citizens will need to get used to?
In my view – and I know a huge number of contacts who agree with me – peaceful protests are much more effective and successful than illegal activities happening in mass gatherings!
I believe these residential ‘targeted protests’ are – in some cases – illegal nuisance events or activities that must be addressed by the city to preserve public safety and health.
I implore Mayor Barrett to work with the City Attorney to find a legal remedy to address these caravan-centered protests that are creating a public hazard in neighborhoods with nuisances and illegal activities.
The law-abiding residents of Milwaukee deserve a remedy and they deserve action immediately.
- Letter to Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride Regarding Restoring Law and Order in the City - U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner - Aug 11th, 2020
- Protest Day 73: Bowen Says Officer Mensah Fired The Gun - Jeramey Jannene - Aug 10th, 2020
- This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice - Graham Kilmer - Aug 7th, 2020
- Black Women Feel Left Out of BLM Leadership - Princess Safiya Byers - Aug 7th, 2020
- Community Trust in Police Is Broken - Corri Hess - Aug 6th, 2020
- Coalition to March on the DNC Responds to Biden’s Decision to Stay Home - Coalition to March on the DNC - Aug 5th, 2020
- MPD Defends Tear Gas Use In New Video - Jeramey Jannene - Aug 5th, 2020
- Milwaukee Police release video detailing the use of chemical agents during six civil disturbance incidents - Milwaukee Public Schools - Aug 4th, 2020
- This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality - Graham Kilmer - Jul 31st, 2020
- The Idea Activists and Police Agree On - Henry Redman - Jul 30th, 2020
Read more about George Floyd Protests here
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