“Our city is in turmoil:” Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton calls for calm

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MILWAUKEE -- Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton called upon everyone to do what they can to restore calm in the neighborhoods affected by violence on Saturday evening and early Sunday, August 14th.

"Our city is in turmoil tonight," Hamilton said. "Think about the neighborhoods that these situations are happening in."

Hamilton's comments came in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened near 44th and Auer on Saturday afternoon, August 13th -- and then the violent disturbance that led to businesses being set on fire, police squads damaged and at least one officer being hurt.

"A whole lot more is going into it to help restore the calm in these neighborhoods. But we have to do it together," Hamilton said.

Hamilton also urged the public to be patient -- and let the process of finding justice play out. He said to reporters, "We're going to push to get information to the public. But please allow the process to work."

Angry crowds took to the streets in Milwaukee on Saturday night to protest the shooting death of an armed man by a police officer hours earlier.

Protesters burned several stores, including the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, the BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, O'Reilly Auto Parts at Fond du Lac and Burleigh and MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North -- and threw rocks at police in the city's north side, leaving one officer injured. Smoke and orange flames filled the night sky.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Jet Beauty

BMO

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

The incident started Saturday afternoon when two officers stopped two people who were in a car in the north side, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

Shortly after, both car occupants fled on foot as officers pursued them, police said.

During the chase, an officer shot one of the two -- a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.

"He (officer) ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."

The man was shot twice, in the arm and chest, and died at the scene. It's unclear whether the second occupant of the car is in police custody.

Police said the suspect's handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March, according to police.

"The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun," police said in a statement.

The officer, 24, was assigned to District 7 and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three of those as an officer.

He was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the district attorney's office.

At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a body camera, Barrett said, adding that it was his understanding that it was operational.

By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will lead the investigation.

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

As the chaos escalated Saturday night and early Sunday, authorities implored the crowds to disperse and go home. Some used social media to urge others to come out and take part in the protests, according to Barrett.

"If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.

The mayor said police presence will be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order. At least three people have been arrested, he said.

The shooting occurred near the scene of a double homicide that happened this month. In the related attacks August 9, a man was shot dead while another one was fatally stabbed, police said.

Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said.

"I know this neighborhood very very well. And there are a lot of really really good people who live in this area -- in the Sherman Park area, who can't stand this violence."

At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted that they were restoring order and "reducing deployments."

Local officials plan to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

8 comments

  • Paul

    The leaders of Mikwaukee are we weak. Nobody us interested in doing the heavy lifting in getting straightened out. The mayor is afraid of his shadow. The common council shows up to collect a paycheck. They dont care. Just blame everybody else

  • lejardin

    Black people so funny! I like watching them better than monkeys in zoo! My favorite Al Sharpton… he insane dancer!

  • Benjamin

    Belief-an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.
    Belief is one of the most powerful things in this world. It shapes who a person is, the views a person has and is one of the most difficult thing to sway or shape. Why is that? We are battling cancerous beliefs everywhere it seems these days. Beliefs breed hope as well as hate. Funny this word, feeling, or however you want to describe it. It is also funny how our beliefs drive our thought, our thought then drives emotion, emotion drives our behavior, and behavior drives consequences. All things start with BELIEFS. How do we change beliefs? Can beliefs be changed? Are people willing to change? I think these are all honest questions. I think one or two can change but how do we get the masses to buy into different beliefs, which can shape different thought, different emotions, different behavior and ultimately different consequences. We have to come up with answers to this.
    What happened to our values we all seemed to share or were my beliefs distorted, maybe we never had values but my beliefs say otherwise? My beliefs would say we did have values we all share in. Do we or don’t we? In the ARMY we have the 7 Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. I don’t think these are just Army values, my belief says these are American Values. Again there is that word or feeling again, belief, an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof, this rings true to me. Does this ring true to others? It is something beliefs, they are tearing every fabric of this world apart. At some point we have to bring our beliefs to the conversation table and have a discussion…not a protest where we scream over one another but an honest heartfelt conversation as a nation. How would that look I wonder? Unattainable? Where do we want this country to go…implode onto itself on the sacrifice of more dead citizens? Why is the answer to shoot each other or eradicate the underclass as some put it? Media of all types and pop culture shape beliefs, do they not or is this just another manifestation of my own belief, an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.
    When one asks me, why are we in the mess we are in? My answer, our belief systems are becoming more and more out of whack and the masses are just not aligning with one another anymore. What is the way to change ones belief with respect and understanding, I ask you? My belief is, until we figure this out I don’t believe real change can happen or could it? Could it be something, something so simple, like the 7 Army Values….. maybe we call them the American Values and we as a citizenry hold each-other accountable to them. ‪#‎Belief‬
    Belief-an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.
    -Benjamin Jarvis

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