Daylight reveals destruction left behind from night of unrest in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE -- As daylight broke on Sunday, August 14th, we got a clearer idea of the destruction done to businesses in the Sherman Park neighborhood -- in the wake of an officer-involved fatal shooting near 44th and Auer Saturday afternoon.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

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

Protesters burned several stores 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

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. He died at the scene. It's unclear whether the second occupant of the car was in police custody.

Police said his handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March.

"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.

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Hours after the shooting, a large crowd turned out to protest. Some demonstrators threw objects at police cars, leaving one officer hospitalized after a brick struck him in the head, the mayor said.

Fires burned at the BP gas station near Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, the BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, the O'Reilly Auto Parts store at Fond du Lac and Burleigh and MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North.

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

Fire damages auto parts store near 35th & Burleigh in Milwaukee

Fire damages auto parts store near 35th & Burleigh in Milwaukee

Jet Beauty


Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

As the chaos escalated, 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.

"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.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

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  • Gary Lee

    I for one am not blind to what is going on and while I won’t pretend to know how it feels to live within some of these crime-ridden black neighborhoods, I have to believe that some of these problems originate within the black community itself. Counsel members Hamilton and Stamper proclaim that their black constituents are “pizzzed off”- OK, then what are they going to do to clean this up? Most blacks are honest, hard working individuals; they aren’t engaged in drive-by shootings, theft, burglary, car jackings, grand theft auto, drug dealing, etc. However, they do know who some of these problem people are and yet, they turn a blind eye to what’s going on around them. After all, they’ve been told for decades by the likes of Al Sharpton and Jessy Jackson to never “snitch on a fellow brother or sister”. Doesn’t that make them an accomplice?
    What was the cop to do in this instance last night? Another kid, “black”, with a lengthy criminal record, flees law enforcement with a loaded, STOLEN GUN (with no less then 23 BULLETS- according to Mayor Barrett) and what was the cop expected to do? Wait for the punk to shoot at the cop? Spray bullets at an innocent crowd? Just let him go? Cops pulled him over for “acting suspicious”- OK, what was he doing to draw attention to himself? I have a hard time believing that in these times, cops are pulling people over and killing them merely for being “black”.

    And what about our “leaders”? Where have the city’s leaders been all this while? Which one of them has spoken out against black on black crime and actively pleaded for citizens to turn in their neighbors who they suspect as problems? Or called into question the people who are Tweeting out calls for riots? And Mayor Barrett once again, blames this on a lack of gun control??? What gun control law would’ve kept this black thug alive? And where has Gwen Moore and her democrat colleagues been during the last many months of unrest? When was the last time she helped bring jobs to the city rather than dole out more taxpayer funded “assistance”? She’s as absent as she’s always been, lending only a feckless comment or two in response to these riots.

    I heard the City’s leadership complain about a lack of jobs. Well, who would want to open a shop in such a neighborhood knowing full well that they could be the subject of looting, riots and arson? The honest citizens, black and white alike, call for more cops in the neighborhoods- then surround the cops when they respond to a call for help with every cell phone recording the incident. Alderman Rainey says the black community wants change. OK, then that change may very well have to start within the black community itself as this issue is not unique to Milwaukee. And I’d dare say that black citizens living in the south side of Chicago would argue that Milwaukee has become the “most dangerous place for blacks to live”. “They feel like they can’t do anything else, so they burn the place down”- says Stamper. How about looking in the mirror to begin with?

    So again, we’ll see a gathering of the honest, concerned citizens in Sherman Park. Prayers will be said, a pastor or two will speak to “coming together” and the likes of Tom Barrett will again lynch the gun and call for more gun control. While one black individual on TV videos the carnage and decries the violence created by one of his own, others will be sitting back, waiting for the next Tweet to come out en mass and riot, loot and “burn the F’ink place down”.

    I’m sorry, but I used to live on 35th and Silver Spring back in the early 80s and the black crime was beginning to move north of Villard way back then. I have nothing to do with that neighborhood any longer and I feel for the people who remain.

    • Dennis B

      I completely agree with you. Also, why do the community “leaders” not talk about black on black crime, which is more prevalent by a long shot than police officers shooting armed or unarmed–but threatening–blacks? The so-called “community leaders” don’t appear to want to know–or do anything–about everyday happenings like blacks killing, robbing, etc. other black people.
      As high schoolers in the early 60’s, we used to go to Ned’s Pizza on Villard. Now, I wouldn’t go thru there at 200mph due mostly to the crime–again, mostly black on black–in the area.
      Wake up “leaders”! Guns don’t kill people, people do, whether with a gun, knife, 2 x 4, or bare hands. More gun control is NOT the option, although I would support getting & keeping AR-15s, AK-47s and the like OFF the street and market for everyone but the military and police.

      • Z

        You are a total moron if you think firearms like the AR and AK are on the streets. They use stolen or illegally obtained small caliber handguns 98 percent of the time.

        Stop being a bootlicking liberal coward and buying into all their lies about “scary rifles”. Less than 1% of all shootings involve either of the two you named. Do some research next time instead of just listening to the left slanted media.

      • Chrisco

        I can make any firearm look like an AR style rifle with just a few plastic body parts. That is meaningless.

    • Sheila Moyet

      They live in a ghetto because they made it a ghetto. These are neighborhoods that once were beautiful and safe. They made it what it is and now they blame everyone else for it. My grandfather lived on the north side many years ago and I remember visiting him when I was young…it was a very nice place to live. These people cry about how run down their community is, yet they are the very ones who drive businesses away with their high crime. What business wants to open in a community where the crime is our of control. Does this rioting, looting and destruction make new businesses want to come to the neighborhood? They yell about not having employment opportunities when they so many are uneducated drop outs who can hardly speak, read or write English. Instead of being taught as children to achieve an education and make a career for themselves, they are taught to use their skin color as an excuse for everything. Every years millions of dollars are spent on special government programs for the black community, and still they choose the thug lifestyle.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Hahaha you’ve never had sex with a white woman, they won’t give you the time of day (maybe the fat ones will lol).

  • Charles

    Pull a gun on a cop,
    You deserve to get shot!
    All the tweeting, marching, holding hands and the other BS will not change the entitlement mentality that is going on! The blind leading the blind! Our community leaders have no clue how to stop this, which is why it’s gotten so bad! Milwaukee is an embarrassment to the state of Wisconsin!!!

  • Blm?

    Why did he carry his 22rounds and pistol to just run, does a pistol in your hand improve your time on the 40m? Cmon my guy you know he was dead ass wrong don’t be on that bs about why did he get shot.. He had a fed case in his hand just to run no man 30 round clips r not for runners they are for something else , he jumped out w it didn’t have to could of prioritized his immediate situation and said ” I gotta put the stick down and focus on my footwork ” if that was what happened the man might be around still, in booking but alive

  • Lyn

    IM a Democrat but this is getting to the point where I’m wondering if Donald Trump isn’t the answer! Speak the truth regardless of who it offends. The “leaders” of the City have created this situation by being to politically correct. I have to believe this can get better or I’ll take my family and move as far away from Milwaukee as I can. So sad.

    • Dennis B

      You are so right. Political correctness breeds situations like this. Our so-called “leaders” (I use that term very loosely) are so afraid of offending somebody and that the person/group “offended” will sue them so the lawyers can get rich, that they won’t say or do anything . PC is a bunch of crap that is used to cover up or spin something in the direction the PCers (or idiots) want it to go. Say what you think & feel. “Damn the torpedos. Full speed ahead!”

  • Daz10

    Calling it “unrest” or “out of hand”, FOX 6 call it what it is. A bunch of PUNKS tried to burn down our city! These shop owners were making an honest living, support themselves and their families, what did they do? Who has ANY RIGHT to take anyone’s businesses away? SHAME on all of them. I SUPPORT the BADGE! and now I am on the Clark train and the TRUMP train! God Bless our law enforcement, those shop owners who lost everything, the poor honest people of those neighborhoods and the city of Milwaukee. The rest of you punks, get the hell out of here!

  • Jeff

    Great, so now their community looks uglier because they’ve systematically destroyed it in their “unrest.” The people who worked at these burned out businesses are now without a job. This area will be avoided like the plague now because it’s not safe to be there. Police presence in the area will be increased and the officers assigned there will all be on edge because they fear for their lives. The people who took part in this are degenerate animals. Instead of being angry at the police, they should be thanking them for removing a very bad person from their midst.

  • FoodForThought

    Sooooooo were you to busy yesterday to care about the 5 people that killed not by police but by fellow outstanding citizens of Milwaukee?

    • gonzales27

      Not sure I got this right,crook steals gun and 500 rounds of ammo,fires at police and gets shot.People riot and burn as though this was a wrongful death?

  • Gary Hamilton

    When did it ever become OK to run from police, pull guns on police, reach for police officers Billy clubs and start beating Police Officers with them, looting gas stations and causing disturbances in them when asked to leave?

    • Tom

      Actually it’s the immature, uneducated, disgrace to our city, no morals or sense of self worth who think we all owe them something for something that happened years ago and does not concern you what so ever and expect handouts in return people like yourself who say we are the racist ones but yet you use words like “hunky”. Gonzales has a point…get a black president and now you all feel like your owed something. How about just live like normal human beings with integrity and let the law enforcement do their jobs. Their not going to just shoot for no reason. And once his body cam footage is released this will be proven. So let’s stop acting before we know the facts!!! It’s ridiculous and animal like! ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!

      Your fellow, “hunky” !

  • Monkeyhater

    Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking things are going to change. These hoodlems grow up in this environment and don’t give a rats azz about anyone or anything. That guy had a loaded gun and he got what he deserved.Do you ever hear of white people doing these things? Stop patrolling these neighborhoods and let them kill each other. We will call it operation “Thinning the Herd”

    • Opinion8d

      @Every knee will bow…..Really, better training??? Better training to dodge of bullet?? Maybe the officer should have said please?? Honestly, I’m confused at what you would do if you were chasing someone who had a gun. What ‘training’ do you think could results in a different outcome -besides not chasing the guy. The safety of the officer is the number one priority. I personally feel like if they were able to beat the crap out of the runners (or other non-compliant individuals) you wouldn’t have these situations -but the liberals caved to that long ago. Your statement is ignorant to the real-life threats the police face on a daily basis.

  • TBT

    Police should just stop patrolling in those neighborhoods then. Patrol in other parts of the city where the citizens act civilized, cooperate and communicate with the police. Give the people of the 53206 and 53216 zip codes what they want

  • Brisls

    Before any information is reported, the decision was made and sent out to converge on the area, burn businesses & destroy property of innocent people who provide services to this area’s residents. THEY DID NOTHING TO CREATED THIS MESS!!! The person killed had a lengthy rap sheet, he knew having a stolen gun & a 23 clip would get him, again, behind bars. He CHOSE to run & point the gun at a cop. Did he expect a different response? A reporter interviewed the brother of this man, again, it’s the cop’s fault. When is it EVER the criminal’s fault? How many people knew this guy had this stolen weapon and SAID NOTHING? What did they think he was doing with this gun? Yet, again, no one said anything. I’ve watched so many interviews of Nate Hamilton who NEVER admits that his brother was beating officer Chris Manny on his head and body with Manny’s baton which resulted in Dontre’s death, here again, it’s ALWAYS the cop’s fault, NEVER is it the perpetrator’s .How many parents of these thugs knew where their kids were last night? If they find out their child (I don’t care what age they are) was involved in arson, theft (I don’t care if it was a $1.00 bag of chips), assaults on police officers last night with bricks/rocks, will they turn them in or remain silent? Your kid comes home with a $300-$500 phone, doesn’t have a job, will you turn them in or turn a blind eye? Mayor Barrett, you “instruct” mothers to go find their kids and drag them home by the ear, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? This isn’t the 1950’s where this could happen without the parent being accused of child abuse or the city being held liable for a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Mayor, STOP living in the 1950’s with your streetcar, your “everything will be fine” attitude if you just close your eyes. What work have you done over your last 12 years as Mayor to create an atmosphere where new businesses would want to come here and provide jobs? I’ve lived here all my life and the north side of Milwaukee has always been neglected. Our black community is angry, understandable, but what plans do you have for these next 4 years to change this? Our black children, not all of them, lack family support, lack educational and skills to make them successful in their life. When will the black community leaders get together not just in church and demand their elected politicians do more than “walk a mile with the Mayor”? I fear this is just the beginning for Milwaukee. Civil rights marches of the ’60’s with Father Groppi, Michael McGee’s threats of riots and shootings along North Avenue and now Sherman Blvd. Sad, Milwaukee, very VERY SAD.

  • ANDY G

    Same old bs. But don’t say anything about the people causing the problem, if you do you are a bigot. Let’s tell it like it
    is, there are bad apples in every bunch white, black, italian, polish, jew, you name it, but why do the blacks keep popping up in the news? It’s because some blacks seem to think whatever they do is ok, and many other blacks will support the dumb ass who does the crime. Wake up if you want peace then promote peace and stop backing the dumb ass. The cops are trying to get rid of the crime, help them and promote the peace.

  • Tex

    Will someone please explain to me, how, burning your own neighborhoods, and your neighbor’s businesses in your community, is getting back at police….baffling..

  • Donald Trump Supporter

    You black people are very entertaining. It is fun to watch you burn down your reservation. Yes the inner city is your reservation. You do not seem to realize police are stupid poor people. In my county deputies are paid $28,000 a year. Only a stupid person would work a job carrying a gun and only make $28,000 a year. I make $93,000 a year and the only thing I have to worry about is a female co worker who is 50 going through menopause.
    I am White but when I get pulled over not often I keep my hands on the steering wheel. Police officers are your lower income people they get criminal justice degrees I have an Economics degree. They are stupid I am white and afraid of them just an fyi.

  • liberty

    Don’t rebuild move your business to another area! Any area that condones this doesn’t need any businesses in the area.

  • Brand new TRUMP supporter

    Hmm… I was on the verge of making a move to the suburbs of milwaukee. Now im NOT. I called my prospective employer and declined the offer first thing this morning. It will be a mess to undo this move and take my house off the market, but I’m CONVINCED that no sane, affluent person would go anywhere near this place.

    I dont need to risk my life being around your uncontrollable savage black population. My life is worth more than your entire “vibrant” community combined. I would have to be really REALLY stupid to see this and still believe its safe to be around your “people”. Clearly you have let criminals run out all your hard working good (white) folk. Where are your “leaders” anyway? Am I going to have to hear your lame EXCUSE about disparate impact or generational poverty?? Give me a break!

    Go suck tax money from some other hard WORKING white person, I’m buying a gun and staying put! We dont need gun control, we need black people control. THIS IS ONE OF MANY INSTANCES THAT PROVE IT.

      • Tabitha Smiles of Epoch Times Newspaper

        Afraid of mentioning on the air or social media, we want to thank the gangs for the uprisings because this is justice and Martial Law is on the books. Several churches are requesting that the dead victims should be cooked on a barbecue to put things in perspective and calm things down too. The world is coming to an end and that many of the elderly are soon committing suicide to escape the pain and suffering and the dirt and trash on the streets due to the crime and terrorism. Looting and rioting to do justice to the corrupt laws and government are good crimes and terrorisms because they are revenge tactics. I want ISIS to take over America by performing another Jihad but in this area and other major cities to clean up the world. Call us at 212-239-2808 for details on how to work for ISIS and make big money. Thank you for your service!

  • Kenneth W. Bohn

    This neighborhood was once one of the nicest, richest neighborhoods on the north side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; in fact at one point this was predominantly well to do Jewish doctors, lawyers and professional people; and then became mixed with German blue collar and professional workers living together with those Jewish professional people. It was a very quiet, safe, well kept, peaceful neighborhood. It is a shame that this neighborhood has reduced to this violence, crime, hatred and racism; and that people have destroyed a neighborhood filled with what had some of the best quality built homes in Milwaukee County. When these people cry of lack of opportunity, it is because of their “own” lack of effort and laziness, and not that of society. This is 2016, almost 2017; we are in the 21st century, and “everyone” who puts forth the effort has a chance in the country, regardless of race {we have a 1/2 black president, and professionals at all levels in every profession from every race, religion, sex and other background possible in our country}.

    It is extremely sad to see what people have done to one of my former neighborhoods. It is even sadder to see that Black Lives Matters Groups and the People of these neighborhoods “Do NOT Truly and Sincerely Care about Black Lives” and That To Them Black Lives Do NOT Really Matter!! They prey on each other, rob each other, rape each other, assault each other, murder each other, and victimize each other in every way one can imagine; and none of these people care; UNTIL a Police Officer attempting to perform his or her official duties is “FORCED” to shoot another person “in the line of duty” “by the actions” of the individual who was shot; and then “suddenly” Black Lives Matter, “ONLY” when a police officer is involved!!! WHY??? Why is the life of that black individual, suddenly “Matter” More when the police officer became involved, when that “same” black individual’s Life would “NOT” have Mattered, if he or she would have been shot and killed by a “black criminal”???

    It is “TIME”, time for the people of these communities to start working together; working together with their family, friends, loved ones and neighbors; working together with their churches, schools and social networks; working together with the police department and other government agencies to take back their neighborhood. Take back their neighborhood, and drive out the criminals; drive out the criminals by working together with each other, the police and any other agency and social group to identify, arrest, prosecute and drive out the criminals from the neighborhood, “EVEN IF THEY ARE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES”!!! Band together as law abiding citizens and arm yourselves to defend yourselves and your neighbors and loved ones against the criminals until the police can arrive if need be; and if need be physically and forcefully take the criminals down. Request a stronger police presence in the neighborhood to assist you while you are doing this. Sheriff Clarke keeps bragging nationally he is doing so much to make Milwaukee so safe; request that he assist Milwaukee Police Department to assist you in this neighborhood take-over, by placing a couple of Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputies in the neighborhood while you are trying to take the neighborhood back. A couple of Sheriff’s Deputies and a couple of Milwaukee Police Officers assigned to the neighborhood while you are trying to take it back should be a huge help. BUT, you must be willing to stand by those Officers and Deputies who you know are going to be targets.

    Until you take your neighborhood back, and make it safe, nobody is going to want to invest in your neighborhood again. Take a good look around, why would anyone……would you, knowing that every time the neighbors get upset, they are going to loot it and burn it? Remember, this once was one of the finest neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side, it didn’t get this way and its own, and it is not going to turn around and improve on its own. The people living here destroyed this neighborhood; and “ONLY” the people living here can improve it, “IF” it is ever going to improve.

    BUT, understand this, and understand this clearly: If anyone, regardless of the color of their skin, pulls and points a gun at a police officer attempting to perform their duties, there is an extremely good chance that individual is going to die. Police officers are “NOT” hired to “DIE” for their communities; they are hired to serve and protect their communities, and “LIVE” to be able to do so. People “MUST” learn to review “ALL” of the facts and circumstances of each incident before deciding whether an officer’s action were proper or improper.

  • Lynn

    I’m thinking 90% if not more of these no good hoodlums don’t work because if they did and employer saw them on TV acting like a degenerate like they are, they would be fired. We need to build a wall around them and keep them contained. Then they can do whatever they want and no one else will have to witness it. Also, police would not have to patrol and could best be used taking care of all the law abiding citizens. I’ve seen monkey’s in the zoo that are probably smarter than most these people. Dude that got shot was probably a major drug supplier and that is the real reason people are rioting. Where will they get their next fix now???? Of course, they could always go back to the tried and true….give up food stamp card for bag of dope. Or steal and sell for the drugs or guns. That is the way of life over there and nothing ever will change with these people. There are not enough “good” ones to change anything so it’s a lost cause for all. Really tired of the protesting for something that was deserved. Shows how uneducated these bottom dwellers are because if they had any common sense and education, they would realize that, “oh yea, he had a gun and pointed so I guess that is why he got shot,” as opposed to, “you kilt my boy and now we gonna riot, just because he had a gun and a violent record and he stopped and pointed at you….you didn’t need to kill my boy.” Get real …one less thug to worry about.

  • SJD

    I think it’s a joke that people are even still living in this trashy area. I at least am out of the dangerous part in a suburb but am looking at lots of other places around the country to move to. All that’s needed is a good income job and money. Places like southern Cali, or Tampa, FL. Places that have good jobs for my future children and where the weather is warm all year round. Milwaukee is full of homeless, desperate people who live in dangerous conditions and don’t know how to get along with others or get proper jobs. This city has lots of road construction that never ends. There aren’t any nice arch bridges here that are in Des Moines, IA or St. Louis, MO either. There are shootings almost every day here – this certainly a city I could even recommend a friend to visit here, let alone a tourist. There isn’t even one waterpark or destination resort hotel to spend time at or work in. There are bars on the windows in the ghetto like areas and people who drive recklessly who don’t even put their turn signals on most of the time. I don’t know why this has attracted so many people to come live here but it makes me sick. These recent shooting episodes make even more sick. It’s like war in our own backyards and we don’t even have other countries coming in – thats what’s pretty ridiculous!They ought to just move every black person away from this area and start over – move all the blacks back to Africa because that’s where they came from; until they get an attitude adjustment. Whites don’t act like this.

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