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MILWAUKEE -- It is a problem that cannot be ignored. City leaders say a photo that has gone viral, showing a Milwaukee teenager laying in the snow after he was beaten is a wake-up call. Even Milwaukee's youngest leaders are taking notice.

Milwaukee Youth Council

Milwaukee Youth Council

Those who sit on Milwaukee's Youth Council aren't much older than the suspects they were talking about on Wednesday, February 10th at City Hall.

Atop the agenda for discussion by the Youth Council on Wednesday was a crime that has become an epidemic in Milwaukee: Carjackings. Many of the suspects in these crimes are teenagers.

"We want to stop it as soon as possible," Gabrielle Tietyen-Mlengana said.

Milwaukee Youth Council

Milwaukee Youth Council

Many on the Youth Council saw the photo that went viral this week.

"I was just like 'wow.' It was crazy," Kalan Haywood, Youth Council president said.

Tory Lowe, a community activist in Milwaukee, showed the photo to FOX6 News.

The photo shows a teen laying in the snow after he was beaten. Police said he tried stealing a car, but was stopped and attacked by a group of men.

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

"I saw the photo and I was really displeased by it. It made my stomach turn," Tietyen-Mlengana said.

It happened near 33rd and Scott on Monday afternoon, February 8th.

Bob Donovan is the alderman of the district where the incident occurred. He is calling what happened "street justice."

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

"If we don`t get a better handle on these kinds of crimes, we may see more of that," Donovan said.

Milwaukee police released this statement to FOX6 News on this incident:

Milwaukee police are investigating an attempted auto theft that happened on Monday, February 8th, around 1:50 p.m. in the 3200 block of W. Madison Street.  The victim observed two suspects in his vehicle attempting to steal it.  He confronted the suspects who fled.  The suspects attempted to enter a get-away vehicle and one of the suspects was successful.  The second suspect was confronted and punched by the victim.  The second suspect continued to flee on foot.   A witness attempted to detain the second suspect, grabbed him by the pants pulling them off, as the second suspect climbed a fence and continued to flee.  Shortly after, an unknown person battered the second suspect and posted it to Facebook.  MPD is working to determine who battered the second suspect.

The second suspect, who is a 15-year-old Milwaukee male, has since been arrested and suffered a minor injury during this incident.  Once the investigation is complete the case will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for charges against the 15-year-old for attempted motor vehicle theft, and the person responsible for battering the suspect.

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

A man who told FOX6 News he is the victim of the attempted carjacking admitted to beating up the suspect in this case, but denied ever stripping him of his clothing. He declined to talk with FOX6 News on camera, but said he believes there needs to be stricter car theft laws in the state.

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  • .

    Atop the agenda for discussion by the Youth Council on Wednesday was a crime that has become an epidemic in Milwaukee: Carjackings. Many of the suspects in these crimes are teenagers.
    A man who told FOX6 News he is the victim of the attempted carjacking admitted to beating up the suspect in this case.
    So it was the youth council and the victim that said carjacking not fox6. Laying lying who cares it’s the internet and these reporters are more like bloggers, lighten up or you’ll drive yourself crazy.

    • ibn nate

      I don’t think I’ll drive myself insane because I do this for a living (high school English teacher), so it’s entertaining to me, but thanks for the advice.

  • Randi

    I hate what is happening to our city. The lack of response to quell these carjacking and thefts has resulted in lack of trust in local leadership and police. Typically, when such situations occur, people find ways to make their own form of justice happen. It’s not right. It’s not orderly. (Think any Black lives matters uprising in recent times) But it is what naturally occurs. So, I am shocked that anyone is leadership is surprised this happened. If they express such surprise, I think it’s time for them to go because it indicates that they don’t understand how people work, or the severe impact of crime in this city. As for the young man, can we stop suggesting that the departing was intentional? One tug on a pair of droopy pants and they are down. In fact, if a kid let’s his one hand grip on his belt buckle go for a second, they’re down. They probably fell on their own while he was running. And he probably couldn’t get away because the low droopy crotch prevented his legs from moving well.

    • Rick Kramer

      Blacks are 13% of US population yet are responsible for 44% of violent crime.

      FBI Stats 2010:

      Total Criminal felony convictions in the US
      White:6,578,133
      Black: 2,697,539

      Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
      Whites:4,780
      Blacks: 4,149

      Forcible rape
      Whites:14,611 Black victim LESS THAN 1% FBI had to round UPWARDS
      Blacks:9,504 White victim 74%

      Robbery
      Whites:82,436
      Blacks :35,443
      36.6% of ALL abortions are done on black females
      Black women cut suck dump and sell the genetic material because “Black lives matter.”
      The “black community ” is dysfunctional and needs to clean itself. The world knows the “black community” for what it is, from top to bottom its NASTY! 

      • Raviana

        First off just because of one incident doesn’t mean that the blacks are nasty and this has nothing to do with abortions and other things like that we are talking about a carjacking with young “Boys” involved and situations like this needs to be addressed more often

  • Silas

    Nate. Thank you for mentioning the misuse of the word “carjacking”. It was apparently “attempted auto theft”. Big difference! It’s just like using “robbery” for “burglary”. If it were actually a carjacking, then a beating would clearly be a minor punishment. Also, why do reports say he was “stripped”? His pants came off accidentally. Getting tired of professional media sensationalizing situations. Regarding “laying” vs. “lying”: reporters and editors should know the difference. (We teachers usually don’t chastise the general population for this common error.)

  • dylan

    This thug.car thief. Car jacket.got swift justice. He is lucky it wasnt a bullet…let us decent folks rally for street justice.since the courts. The district attorney dont take these crimes seriously

  • Raviana

    I don’t think that’s right. Just because,he tried to steal a car you should not wish bad things on anyone you don’t know what he was probably going through he probably doesn’t have any one in his life to show him stuff I am a 12 year old female and I am saying this from the heart. It just doesn’t make any sense to me how your saying those bad things not only your saying it but you are wishing and hoping for that to happen I am so sad for this teen but I honestly don’t think he deserves to die.

  • Charles

    Youth Council needs to be talking to the a-hole kids that think they are entitled to other peoples property! That kid got what he deserved. Gonna be whole lot more of that, because the good residents of this city are tired of it!!!!!!!! I fully support the MPD!!!! But i also support any law abiding Milwaukee resident that is protecting his castle or property!!!!!!! NO SYMPATHY HERE FOR THAT FUTURE FELON KNOCKED OUT IN THE SNOW BANK……..

    • Rick Kramer

      Blacks are 13% of US population yet are responsible for 44% of violent crime.

      FBI Stats 2010:

      Total Criminal felony convictions in the US
      White:6,578,133
      Black: 2,697,539

      Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
      Whites:4,780
      Blacks: 4,149

      Forcible rape
      Whites:14,611 Black victim LESS THAN 1% FBI had to round UPWARDS
      Blacks:9,504 White victim 74%

      Robbery
      Whites:82,436
      Blacks :35,443
      36.6% of ALL abortions are done on black females
      Black women cut suck dump and sell the genetic material because “Black lives matter.”
      The “black community ” is dysfunctional and needs to clean itself. The world knows the “black community” for what it is, from top to bottom its NASTY! 

  • Jim Smith

    “I saw the photo and I was really displeased by it. It made my stomach turn,” Tietyen-Mlengana said.
    Imagine how the victim of a carjacking/car theft, who has done nothing to deserve it, feels when it happens to them. Instead of making this thug a victim, make him an example of what could/should happen to a common theif.

  • DLuke

    I work in a facility that treats/houses juveniles who commonly partake in stealing/breaking into cars. Many of the boys I work with find this funny. When I brought this incident to their attention many of them laughed. I mentioned this situation could have been fatal for the young man in the photo because there are many citizens now who are legally carrying guns to protect themselves and their property. Again, they laughed, and commented they “have more pistols”. I’m at a loss as to how I can make them understand the severity of the situation. Sadly enough, I don’t feel bad for the boy in the snow bank.

  • Homer

    Juvenile arrests

    The number of individual juveniles arrested by Milwaukee police for auto theft-related offenses increased 163% between 2011 and 2015. The numbers include:

    ■2011: 127 juveniles

    ■2012: 243 juveniles

    ■2013: 161 juveniles

    ■2014: 283 juveniles

    ■2015: 334 juveniles

    • Rick Kramer

      Blacks are 13% of US population yet are responsible for 44% of violent crime.

      FBI Stats 2010:

      Total Criminal felony convictions in the US
      White:6,578,133
      Black: 2,697,539

      Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
      Whites:4,780
      Blacks: 4,149

      Forcible rape
      Whites:14,611 Black victim LESS THAN 1% FBI had to round UPWARDS
      Blacks:9,504 White victim 74%

      Robbery
      Whites:82,436
      Blacks :35,443
      36.6% of ALL abortions are done on black females
      Black women cut suck dump and sell the genetic material because “Black lives matter.” Clearly, from these statistics, blacks hate blacks.
      The “black community ” is dysfunctional and needs to clean itself. The world knows the “black community” for what it is, from top to bottom its NASTY! 

  • Pete Caco

    who ever did this should have just cut his hand! so the next time he thinks about stealing anything he can think of his last hand being loped off and if he really wants someone to have to feed him his whole life?? doubt it but just maybe he wont do it again…. i wonder if the people whos cars he stole would hand feed him??

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