Mayor Barrett, at Sherman Park, responds to accusations he’s “clueless” about how to solve problems

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MILWAUKEE -- There was a parade on the Fourth of July in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood -- as Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett responded to accusations that he was "clueless" about how to solve problems in the park long-term.

Neighbors told FOX6 News there has been an increased police presence in Sherman Park since Wednesday night, June 29th when police and deputies responded to the park in riot gear, after young people were apparently throwing rocks and bottles -- damaging the window of a nearby BP gas station and the window of a Milwaukee County Transit System bus.

Sherman Park

Sherman Park

BP gas station near Sherman Park

BP gas station near Sherman Park

Damage to MCTS bus near Sherman Park

Damage to MCTS bus near Sherman Park

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Asked on Monday, July 4th if he would seek to add officers citywide, Mayor Barrett would only promise there won't be a reduction.

On the Fourth of July holiday, neighbors paraded to Sherman Park to celebrate the nation's independence.

"I think it was beautiful and it gives people a different perspective on Sherman Park after what happened last week," Afrika Hamilton, a high school student said.

Fourth of July at Sherman Park

Hamilton and Sydnee Roby said they want their neighborhood to look more like it did on Monday -- not like it did last week.

On June 29th, police in riot gear came out to break up a group of young people. One person threw rocks at an officer. Someone smashed the window of a passing MCTS bus and the window at the nearby BP gas station.

BP gas station near Sherman Park

BP gas station near Sherman Park

Since then, according to neighbors..."the police presence has been exactly where it always should've been," Wendy Hamilton said.

But will that be temporary, or long-term?

Mayor Barrett stopped at the park during Monday's Fourth of July celebration with a commitment.

"Regardless of what happens, we`re going to make sure people can use this park," Barrett said.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

Barrett is criticizing Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke for not doing enough to patrol the Milwaukee County-run park. Late last week, Sheriff Clarke said there aren't enough resources. He said Milwaukee needs 400 more officers and 200 more deputies.

"If they don`t want to hire enough officers, they should just say it," Clarke said.

On Monday, Barrett said he has not finalized his spending plan for police staffing for the next city budget.

"We`re certainly not going to be reducing (the current level of force). There will be a question as we move forward of resources," Barrett said.

Fourth of July at Sherman Park

The problem, Sheriff Clarke says, isn't the park, but the surrounding neighborhoods.

Barrett said he and the sheriff haven't talked privately since trading public barbs last week.

Sherman Park

22 comments

  • unicorns and rainbows

    The headline is misleading and the article useless. Where in the article did barett address the “clueless” description? Hold on I see “Political” reporter Theodore Keith wrote this piece.

    • Michael Neils

      U & R: Mayor also blamed Clarke in the article for not patrolling enough! omg Give the Sheriff the help he needs. PUT the offenders in jail the 1st time. You keep catch and release into these programs that don’t work. My god, the gps people who are supposed to monitor these criminals leave at 9pm. Should have 24/7 monitoring or put them in juvie, jail.

  • Libsareliars

    Maybe mayor clueless has been reading the posts here. Listen Barrett you always been and will continue to be clueless.

  • Reasonless

    All after the fact statements Barrett.
    You truly are clueless.
    You have got to be the most confused person in local politics.
    You and Flynn should just stay at and never leave the bath house that you frequent.

  • Wilson

    It appears as though Mayor McCheese (clueless trolley Tom) was dressed like Popeye with that red and white striped shirt! You tommy boy truly are clueless. Violent crime is way higher with you in office. Oh you’re not going to reduce the police force well that’s great since they are already way below the level that is needed. Does that mean you are going to replace every Officer that retires?? I doubt that you lying SOB!!

  • Floyd

    These offenders are voting for Barrett. Once again, pass the buck and blame somebody else. How does he collect a check for being so lost. Embarrassing.

  • THE GHOST OF CHIEF BRIER

    A guy that’s clueless who recieved 7 out of 10 votes in the last election…..you tell me who’s clueless. You get the Government you vote for. How do you explain, after a year of 145 murders, that many people who are satisfied with the job this Clown has done? And if this Clown can garner that many votes just imagine how many votes Chisholm is going to get this Fall as D.A..

    • GWEN MOORE FOR PREZ

      And….And….I’d like to add, the only competition that pathetic Chisholm has is a Criminal Defense Lawyer who would rather march with the Criminals than prosecute them. As far as District Attorneys go, that’s a plus in Milwaukee. What a messed up City.

  • 💩 MAYOR MCCHEESE 💩

    WE DONT NEED MORE COPS – WE NEED MORE TROLLEYS!!!! CLARKE IS JUST MAD HE ISNT GETTING A COUNTY TROLLEY. WELL THATS BECAUSE HE RIDES A HORSE THAT POOPS IN THE STREET AND THE HORSE POOP IS CAUSING ALL THE GLOBAL WARMING WHICH CAUSES INNER CITY CRIME. ITS ALL SCIENCE THAT YOU TROLLEY HATERS WOULDNT UNDERSTAND.

    • harry

      You forgot to mention that the people of Kilwaukee drinks water from lead pipes and need a car to get clean water so they “BORROW” cars to get clean water but is chased by the police who lets the judges gives them a warning so they can get back into their homes to find other ways of getting clean water. Its the lead poisoning in water that is causing inner city crime.

  • USMC GRUNT 0311, AUTHOR OF SARCASM

    Barrett is completely lost and should just give up, help Milwaukee by doing so.

  • HERE WE GO AGAIN

    I picture Barrett playing a lot of Chutes and Ladders in his office at work. I could be wrong, though.

  • Sheila Moyet

    Barrett should be ashamed for throwing the blame on Clarke. If he would have stood up to the plate long ago this would not going on. If Barrett wants to put blame on someone he should look in the mirror.

    • Hal

      You are so correct. What has he done for the past 8 years? What has he ever done besides tell the police chief not to chase car thefts. What has he done but take government money for a ridiculous trolley and not for more police officers and programs to get kids off the street?

  • BG

    Sad it took thugs acting stupid for Barrett to come around the parks. Sad we can’t even enjoy our parks anymore.

  • Hal

    Abele has, since he’s been county exec, failed to fund the county sheriff’s department, because he doesn’t like Sheriff Clark. When is Abele going to stop petty “fights” and start thinking about the people of this county and give the Sheriff what he needs instead of withholding money from the department. As far as Barrett goes, he’s been elected too many times. You people get what you elect. An empty suit.

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