Tension boils over: Reporter’s view of the unrest on the streets of Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE -- Tensions boiled over on the streets of Milwaukee on Saturday night, August 13th -- and the unrest lasted into the early morning hours on Sunday.

It was a chaotic scene near Sherman and Auer as the BP gas station went up in flames. Police rushed to the scene telling people to clear the area -- and warning that the gas station might explode.

Chants of "This is our city" were heard as police tried to block off the area. Several people also threatened media crews on the scene. Glass was thrown at a FOX6 News photojournalist.

Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Scene 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

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

As the scene at Sherman and Auer quieted down, crews rushed to the neighborhood near 36th and Fond du Lac to put out more fires.

Firefighters scrambled to the roof of the BMO Harris Bank as they put out a fire. Police officers in riot gear stood guard nearby.

After fire crews cleared out, additional police pulled up and told bystanders to get out of the street -- eventually leading a few of them into the back of a police van.

By 2:00 a.m., the scene at 36th and Fond du Lac was finally mostly quiet.


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

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

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

It all began Saturday afternoon when two officers stopped two people who were in a car in the north side, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

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. He was shot twice -- in the arm and chest.

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officials said his 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.

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

"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said. The shooting occurred near the same place where a double homicide happened on August 9. In that incident a man was shot dead and another was fatally stabbed, police said.

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.

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

The mayor said police presence would be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order.

At least three people were arrested, he said.

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

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

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


  • Phan Tom

    I’ve got news for you. The “tension” is also boiling over with the MAJORITY of people fed up with the lawless lowlife behavior of the thugs hiding behind the farce that has become BLM

    • Frank

      At bottom line, nobody is going to “unify” our country. The basic moral and value differences in the current divided US population are simply too great. Regardless of who wins in November, the winner will face a crisis of legitimacy, as the losers will regard the government not just as opponents, but as enemies and occupiers. The fear Mr. Trump creates in journalists and left-wing politicians is justified. But they should realize that Mr.Trump is only the beginning. Trump merely serves as a proxy for the millions of Americans who are fed up with this “diversity” fiasco. If there weren’t a “Trump” one would be invented. What should really frighten them is what happens next.

      What we really require is someone or some system that will allow the US to “Balkanize” in an effective and organized manner and try to avoid a second US Civil War.

      • guest77

        I’m sure the beauty shop was picked clean before a match was even lit. As was the filling station (cigarettes) and the liquor store (obviously.) Not sure what they’d do with the auto parts; most of them don’t have cars. Well, they probably HAVE cars; but I didn’t say they BOUGHT them!

  • ves

    A powder Keg! That is the words of there people how about they
    put it in the middle of all these idiots and light the fuse.

  • Chrisco

    I find it sad that this is what our opinions have come too. I agree with you to the most part. To think Abraham Lincoln wanted to send them all to Liberia.

    • Frank

      No, it wasn’t Lincoln, it was James Madison and many others of the time.

      The American Colonization Society was only the best known of many organizations founded for the purpose of removing Blacks from North America. At its inaugural meeting in 1816, Henry Clay described its purpose: to “rid our country of a useless and pernicious, if not dangerous portion of the population.” The following prominent Americans were not just members but served as officers of the society: James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Webster, Stephen Douglas, William Seward, Francis Scott Key, Winfield Scott, John Marshall, and Roger Taney. James Monroe, another President who owned slaves, worked so tirelessly in the cause of “colonization” that the capital of Liberia is named Monrovia in recognition of his efforts.

  • Chris W

    Chants of “This is our City” could be heard? They are correct in this, this IS their city, and the way they are acting and treating “Their” city, is appalling. Its time for common sense,and law and order, to take the city away from them, they dont deserve it.

  • Angel

    This isn’t your city until you get jobs and pay taxes. They should put you all on a big ship in the middle of Lake Michigan and start it on fire, no life preservers!

  • James Dillon

    All of you are great with your comments without being Racist or demeaning. The Black folks and ” Black Lies Matters ” love incidents like this when outside rioters/protesters financed by Georg Soros love to riot, burn buildings and most of
    all breaking into liquor stores. That is their culture, mind set, and goal. Drink the booze, get my welfare check, live in my section 8 taxpayer subsidized housing, and trade my many food stamps for dope. Many of them have multiple social security numbers to collect on all of them. + the idiots do not vote.

      • Frank

        Obama was elected and then re-elected by white guilt. In 2008 and again in 2012, Obama represented the hopes of too many white Americans who saw in him having high potential to assuage white “guilt” (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history. Had he been Caucasian, he would not have even been nominated, much less win the office of POTUS twice.

  • Bob

    Yes , showing their stupidity. A black cop shoots another black. Armed with a stolen gun, running from police. What do we do? Go rob a bank, liquor store, Metro PCS store and more, hey we gotta keep our buzz going, and always can use cash and a new phone. Lowlife spineless, punks who would never do one thing without 200 more behind them. They make Nazis seem like sensible people.

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