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  • Open Record Special Edition: The first 100 homicides

    MILWAUKEE — COVID-19 may be killing more than just those who are sick. In Milwaukee, some say the fallout from the pandemic is helping to drive a spike in homicides. It’s been an especially violent year so far in the city of Milwaukee and of the dozens of homicides, there’s a common thread among many. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire explain where those homicides are happening and why nearly one-third […]

  • ‘Our babies are dying:’ 3 murders on 1 city block as 2020 homicides surge

    MILWAUKEE — COVID-19 may be killing more than just those who are sick. In Milwaukee, some say the fallout from the pandemic is helping fuel a surge in homicides. Through July 6, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office had logged 93 homicides in the county — 89 in the city of Milwaukee. That includes officer-involved shootings and ‘justifiable’ homicides, such as those committed in self-defense. Milwaukee Police Department maintains its own list of homicides in accordance with FBI crime reporting […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: ‘Delete forever’

    MILWAUKEE — Did you know nearly every day Wisconsin judges are deleting public records that show you what they’re doing? So what happens when you’re blocked from seeing how your government operates? In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire dig into a first-hand experience and what it means for you. The team talks about the decision to deliberately destroy those public records — a decision judges defend as practical, while transparency advocates […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: Masks and mandates

    MILWAUKEE —  Controversies are flaring back up across Wisconsin as the number of COVID-19 cases increase. Should bars be allowed to stay open? Should wearing masks in Milwaukee be mandatory? In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire invite FOX6 reporter Jason Calvi on the episode to talk about what’s going on in Milwaukee in regards to the coronavirus. The team also gets into the uptick in positive cases and the decision in […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: One-on-one with MPD Chief Morales

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales recently sat down with FOX6 to talk exclusively about recent issues: Accountability within the department, defunding the police, and policy changes. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire invite FOX6 reporter Aaron Maybin on the episode to talk about his candid conversation with the chief. Aaron shares the answers Chief Morales gave him to things regarding crowd management tactics, department retirements and resignations, and the […]

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    Milwaukee police arrest activist Vaun Mayes in connection with civil unrest near 40th and Lloyd

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department arrested community activist Vaun Mayes on Monday, June 29 for a felony charge related to his alleged involvement in criminal activity that occurred near 40th Street and Lloyd Street on June 23. Dozens gathered at MPD Administration Building in downtown Milwaukee to protest Mayes’ arrest. Mayes was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail Monday evening with three pending charges. Some of those protesting his arrest said they believe Mayes was taken into custody in […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: Capitol unrest

    MADISON — A day of protesting takes a destructive and violent turn in Madison. Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues and attacked a state senator amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who was at a restaurant with a megaphone and baseball bat. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire talk about the tensions that boiled over in Madison. They’re joined in the episode by FOX6 […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: A secret recording

    MADISON — Democrat Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ staff secretly records a conversation with Republican legislative leaders. Now, there’s backlash from both sides of the aisle. The May 14 conversation between Governor Evers, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos lasted an hour. The governor says a member of his staff recorded the conversation for note taking, but once that happened, the recording became public record. In this edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: ‘I can’t breathe’

    MILWAUKEE — Following the death of George Floyd, ‘I can’t breathe’ has become a mantra for Black Lives Matter protesters across the country including here in Milwaukee. But the Minnesota man who suffocated under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer isn’t the first to say those three words before dying in police custody. In this edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire dig into the troubled history within the Milwaukee Police Department of officers […]

  • “I can’t breathe” history drove Milwaukee reforms, now Common Council wants more

    [CLARIFICATION June 17, 2020]: In the video/broadcast version of this story above, we suggest that Alderman Stamper’s comment — “he’s concerned about redundancy” — refers  to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales’ position on the ‘I can’t breathe’ resolution. As the text version of the story correctly explains, it was actually an MPD Assistant Chief to whom Alderman Stamper claims to have spoken. MILWAUKEE — I can’t breathe. The now infamous words of George Floyd in Minneapolis have a dark and […]

  • Police training expert says ‘I can’t breathe’ resolution is redundant under MPD policy, others disagree

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales declined to talk about the “I can’t breathe” policy — but a national law enforcement consultant tells FOX6 that a new policy isn’t necessary since Milwaukee police are already required to call for medical help. “I’m sure the common council means well,” said Emanuel Kapelsohn with Peregrine Corporation. As Kapelsohn sees it, Milwaukee police policy already requires officers to call for medical help when a person in their custody claims to be in […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: Wisconsin stands alone

    MILWAUKEE — An issue unique to Wisconsin is blocking one specific group of people from getting federal unemployment assistance. The state blames federal rules, so why does Wisconsin stand alone? In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire dig into Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. The federal program pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you’re insured. That insurance comes from taxes you and your employer pay. However, qualifying […]

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