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.
- Op Ed: Chauvin Verdict Offers Glimmer of Hope - Angela Lang and Milwaukee BLOC Team - Apr 25th, 2021
- Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict - Graham Kilmer - Apr 21st, 2021
- Supervisor Taylor Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Apr 21st, 2021
- Accountability should not be such a rare commodity - Ald. Milele Coggs - Apr 21st, 2021
- Statement on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial - Ald. Chantia Lewis - Apr 20th, 2021
- Statement from Milwaukee Police Department on Derek Chauvin Verdict - Milwaukee Police Department - Apr 20th, 2021
- Live Stream From Justice 4 George Floyd Rally - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 20th, 2021
- Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Trial - Gov. Tony Evers - Apr 20th, 2021
- County Executive David Crowley Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict - County Executive David Crowley - Apr 20th, 2021
- Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas Statement on the Verdicts in the Chauvin Trial - Earnell Lucas - Apr 20th, 2021
Read more about 2020 Racial Justice Protests here