“Our community is in pain:” Ald. Stamper shares thoughts, emotional text from friend after violent disturbance

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Ald. Russell Stamper

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper took the podium after Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton spoke on the violent disturbance near Sherman and Auer on the city’s north side late Saturday, August 13th and into Sunday.

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 and threw rocks at police in the city’s north side, leaving one officer injured. Smoke and orange flames filled the night sky.

Stamper told reporters, "Our community is in pain." He took time to read part of what a friend had texted him during the evening. That friend said in a text, "I'm fighting tears right now." The friend's text indicated people are taking these actions because "they feel like they can't do anything else." Stamper's friend also texted, "We haven't been doing enough. Everybody is playing (expletive) politics -- and nobody is playing life." Stamper's response to his friend was, "Exactly."

Stamper said the actions seen late Saturday come from helplessness -- and the voters put people like him in office to help. Stamper stated he was going to "put resources in this budget" and "partner with people who want to make a difference.

Milwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey echoed Stamper's thoughts -- and shared some of his own. In particular, Rainey said, "Something has to be done." He said "No one can deny the fact that there are problems, racial problems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that need to be rectified."

The unrest broke out hours after an officer shot a man who police say fled a traffic stop.

It happened Saturday afternoon, when a pair of police officers stopped two people driving through the north-side neighborhood, police said. That led to a foot chase between the people in the car and police, which ended when an officer shot one of the two -- a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, authorities said.

The police officer "ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Barrett said during a news conference later in the day. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."

The man died at the scene. It was unclear Sunday morning whether the second occupant of the car was in police custody. The officer who fired the fatal shots was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during an investigation.

The officer who fired the deadly shots is 24 years old and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three as an officer. Police provided no further details on the identities of the officer or the occupants of the car.

The officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, Barrett said.

The unidentified suspect was shot twice, in the arm and chest, the mayor said. The handgun he carried had been stolen during a burglary in nearby Waukesha in March, according to police.

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

officer-involved shooting

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Multiple buildings and businesses were set on fire late Saturday/early Sunday. Those businesses included the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, 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. A traffic signal was also bent and bus shelters overturned. Also, police squads were damaged during the course of the night.

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

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Jet Beauty


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

As the chaos escalated Saturday, the mayor pleaded with protesters to end their demonstrations.

"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.

"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 they were restoring order and "reducing deployments."

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


  • FedUpInMilwaukee

    You are right. They hate white people so much, lets just make the old Northridge into a huge housing complex, fence it off, and let them have at it. No more welfare, no more food stamps, no more Section 8, no more childcare, no more three free meals a day during the summer. Turn in your free cell phone. There. Now white people are out of your savage lives. Go ahead and play lazer tag with real guns in the new Thunderdome. Voila – no more black people and the rest of the civilized city will see revenues skyrocket without the albatross of the blacks around our necks.

    Worst idea ever to bring them over. There’s an ocean between Africa and America for a reason – blacks can’t even build boats no chance in hell they’d make it here on their own!!

  • Brazil

    There are good people in that part of the city that pay taxes own their homes and have great respect for the police and firemen .. What about them ..

  • confused

    So now when a cop does his job you try to burn down the city? How is burning a city and attacking cops taking action? You don’t need to TAKE any action. An armed man was shot, Armed with a stolen gun and stolen ammo. Fled police by car and by foot. Did not drop weapon. On camera. In broad daylight. Yet you cowards waited until dark to “take action”, claiming there is nothing else they can do. It’s all politics? Umm, ya, it IS politics. YOU voted for the mayor, the aldermen, the DA. YOU are the ones who elected the do-nothing but cater to the hand out crowd. YOU are the ones when anytime 1 of you shoots or stabs or beats another one of you, you do not care. You do not march, or give info. But when a cop does his job, you act like this. The man shot wasn’t sitting in a park on the lawn in broad daylight reading to blind kids. He was a fleeing criminal with a stolen gun and ammo who did not listen to officers. You want to “do something”? get rid of your gangs, your criminals. Stand up to THEM instead of these lame protests and city burning against justice.

  • Mark

    what’s ludicrous is, listening to ald. Rainey state how Milwaukee is one of the worst places to live … how black people are tired of living under oppression. Once again, blacks want to kill each other, ruin their own neighborhood, steal and loot and burn down their own neighborhood businesses, but yet. it all comes down to US (we know who he’s pointing the finger at) keeping the blacks down. Do you honestly believe anyone with any semblance of common sense is going to listen to this rant and actually buy into it? Point your fingers at the decent, law abiding people of this state all you want, but this is on you, your own people, and nobody else.

  • M W

    Another pandering ignorant politician who has NO idea how to make things better for his community other then NOT blaming them for inexcusable and irresponsible violence and then blaming law enforcement. Why no mention of the other random homicides against blacks that occurred over the weekend and only the complaint against a police officer being threatened by a thug with a fire arm????

  • Dan

    “You’re vision of downtown? You just one day away” from burning up downtown Milwaukee is what the alderman is saying. Imagine a white person saying that with chief of police standing behind him. He would be arrested so fast it’d make his head spin.

    • Dan

      Correction “YOUR vision of downtown.” Of course, blacks can’t even get on board with revitalizing the downtown area, something they had a major hand in destroying.

  • Heyyy

    These aldermen are useless trash. Seriously. Their constituents made that area what it is then they riot when a criminal is shot. Disgusting trash.

  • Klaatu

    Ignorant people! You don’t say a word day after day when people are shooting and killing each other, stealing cars, robbing etc in your own backyard. But as soon as a cop steps in it turns out to be an injustice to you poor oppressed people. The text said ‘people haven’t been doing enough – everybody’s playing politics”. Well WTF do you want “somebody” to do. It’s obvious you can’t do anything yourselves except collect entitlements – and when law and order steps in you get pissed off. I’m sick and tired of this always being somebody else’s fault. You are the majority race in your community so run it as you see fit. If you want the crime to stop, then stop the criminals…easy, turn them into the cops and don’t throw bricks at the squads when they show up…..then the cops wont have to terminate your worthless asses.
    Do the people in Brookfield have this problem?? NO!…. Oh, it’s because they’re rich, that’s it.
    Newsflash morons: Adams county is the poorest county in this state and I guarantee they have more guns up there than the whole city of Milwaukee but they aren’t killing each other everyday…..that tells me it’s a behavioral thing specific to race, not economic privilege…………

    • sparkles!

      Just a sad pitiful community. Riot and take from those who provide services to you. Everyone of these businesses need to relocate some where else. The hell with this community. Let this community have nothing. This community is lost in space, they live in their own world. I have never seen a group of people that believe it is ok to produce the mass destruction in their own community. Just saying!

  • sparkles!

    Where are the Black LEADERS OF THIS COMMUITY? WE TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING YOU TO DO YOUR JOB. WHERE ARE YOU? You do not seem to be around representing your own community. You do nothing for your own race. No wonder why they are so angry. All you do is collect a nice salary and the hell with your neighborhoods. Total leakers. And then we blame every one else for such an Unrest in Milwaukee.

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