Compiled by MCJ Staff
Family, community and political leaders paid homage to acclaimed WNOV 860 AM talk show host and political commentator Eric Von, who passed away last week Thursday evening at his home of an apparent heart attack. He was 58.
“Eric was a wonderful friend and mentor to many,” read a statement released by his family. “As a trusted advisor and leader, he held a remarkable talent for bringing people together. His sharp wit, intellect and political astuteness was unmatched.”
Though his listeners and the community knew Von as a talk show host and keen political observer, “we knew him as husband, father, brother, and friend—a man with a heart of gold,” the family statement continued.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Eric, but take great comfort in and extend our heartfelt appreciation to the many from the greater Milwaukee area and nation for the outpouring of love, remembrances and support offered to our family.”
He was the host of “The Eric Von Show” on WNOV since April 2015, where faithful listeners heard Von’s engaging conversations daily from 7 to 9 a.m. His joining WNOV came approximately three years after the demise of 1290 WMCS AM.
“I can easily hear Eric’s smooth voice in my head,” recalled Common council President Ashanti Hamilton upon hearing the news of Von’s death.
“His voice was one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable, reporting on news and politics, telling stories, and speaking to us as if he was just across the dining room table.”
Hamilton said community affairs always mattered to Von, who used his radio show to keep the community informed of its progress and meetings, and so much more.
The Council president noted, among other endeavors Von was involved in, the “Precious Lives” project which, according to WUWM in its online story on Von’s passing, was a multi-media exploration of gun violence and the toll it takes on Milwaukee’s young people. He was also lead producer for “Precious Lives: Before The Gunshots,” part of a national initiative produced by AIR.
Von was one of the most sought after opinion leaders, sharing his insights as a panelist and moderator on political and socio-economic issues.
The late broadcaster was a regular panelist on Wisconsin Public Television’s “Interchange,” a groundbreaking public affairs program. He also co-hosted “Black Nouveau” which airs on the same network.
Von was a veteran of more than 25 years in the radio industry, starting his career as a disc jockey.
From 1998 through 2000, Von was a special assignment reporter and a co-host of “It’s Your Vote,” a weekly political affairs show which featured candidate forums, debates and voter education information on Milwaukee’s ABC network affiliate, WISN Channel 12.
In 2003, as campaign co-director, Von used his political acumen to help lead Tom Barrett’s successful bid for Mayor.
Saying he was “heartbroken” to learn of Von’s passing, Barrett called Von, “a giant in this community,” who was known as “someone who could move a conversation and action among government officials.
“Eric would speak his mind very clearly, very forcefully, but still in a very professional way,” Barrett said in a press statement. “He was a thought leader and was totally engaged in trying to make this a better city for everybody.”
Though Von would, at times, hold Barrett’s feet to the fire on pertinent issues in the city and community, the mayor said Von was always fair, realizing that despite their long friendship, Von’s first priority was always what was right for the city.
“I think when people ask about Eric Von, the words you will hear are ‘fair and professional.’ He was a brilliant man and had knowledge in a lot of different areas. He was just a class act.”
Calling Von’s show “a facet of the Milwaukee Black talk radio scene,” State Sen. Lena Taylor said in a statement though Von’s microphone is silent, “the legacy of his commitment to this community and his family and friends is not gone. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss.”
Thomas Mitchell, Jr., editor of the Milwaukee Community Journal, who for a short time would review the paper’s front page for the week with Von when he was at 1290 WMCS, said: “Eric Von was a griot, a friend, and a mentor to myself and my wife Clarene, and other Black journalists working in Milwaukee media.
“His voice, knowledge and ability to communicate simply and eloquently the issues of the day in Milwaukee’s Black community will be missed, but never forgotten.”
Von served as managing partner, with his wife Faithe Colas, of the public relations firm, Von Communications and was the founder and publisher of Brain, Brawn, & Body, a health and wellness website committed to improving the health of African American men and their families.
Von’s most recent endeavor was his “Essential Voices Series: One-on-one conversations with people you should know,” a monthly forum in which Von talked to city and community movers and shakers at the City.Net Café, 306 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Paula Penebaker, president of the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin was scheduled to be the next guest Von was to interview in the series on Sept. 28.
In lieu of flowers, Von’s family is asking individuals to make a donation to the Wisconsin Black Media Association, P.O. Box 33, Milwaukee, WI 53201.
Remembering Eric Von: Remarks from community leaders and organizations on Von’s passing
“It is with great surprise and sadness that I learned of the sudden passing of Eric Von. My prayers of condolences go to his family and friends.
“I can easily hear Eric’s smooth voice in my head. His voice was one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable, reporting on news and politics, telling stories, and speaking to us as if he was just across the dining room table.
“His work in our city was important, including – for many years – broadcasting and covering the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and recently with the Precious Lives project, a radio series about gun violence and young people in Milwaukee.
“Eric helped to found the FEAT (Flood Emergency Assistance Team), which also included Danna Rhinehart, Annette Polly Williams, and Wallace White. He was instrumental in assisting when we had the devastating flooding in the 1st District in 2010.
“Community affairs always mattered to Eric, and he used his radio show to keep the community informed of our progress and meetings, and so much more.
“I will miss that steady and smooth voice; but even more so, I will miss Eric.”
–Milwaukee Common Council President Ald. Ashanti Hamilton
“To Brother Eric Von: We’ll meet you on the other side, along with Polly (Williams) and Keith (Murphy)…”
–MCJ Associate Publisher Mikel Holt
“Eric’s mic is silent but the legacy of his commitment to this community and his family and friends is not gone. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss.
“May God bless his soul!”—State Sen. Lena Taylor
“I’m shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of opinion leader and acclaimed Milwaukee broadcast journalist Eric Von. Our community will sorely miss his unique style and thought provoking commentary.”
—U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore
“Eric arguably may have been the most trusted voice in the Black community.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist James Causey in his recent column about Eric Von and his passing, published Sept. 9
“I am heartbroken to learn of Eric Von’s passing.
“Eric was a giant in this community. He was very well-known particularly in the African American community, and was known as someone who could move a conversation and action among government officials.
“Eric would speak his mind very clearly, very forcefully, but still in a very professional way. He was a thought leader and was totally engaged in trying to make this a better city for everybody.
“I consider Eric a close friend. I was actually looking forward to growing old with him and spending time with him when we both didn’t have the pressures of our jobs.
“We were friends long before 2004. Over the years, we’ve been in touch socially and with our families.
“I can remember one of my favorite moments was back in 2000 when I attended the United States Supreme Court’s oral argument in the Gore vs. Bush presidential campaign case. I remember leaving the court room after oral arguments and calling Eric on a pay phone so I could be on his radio show to talk about that experience.
“I’ve appeared on Eric’s show dozens and dozens of times. There were times he would hold my feet to the fire and even though we were friends, his first priority was always what was right for the city.
“I always felt he was fair. I think when people ask about Eric Von, the words you will hear are fair and professional. He was a brilliant man and had knowledge in a lot of different areas. He was just a class act.
“I will forever be grateful for Eric’s friendship, his guidance and his commitment to making Milwaukee a better city and challenging all of us to do the same. My condolences to his wife Faithe, his daughters, grandchildren and his many loyal listeners.”
–Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
“I am saddened by the sudden passing of Eric Von, the longtime radio host who for many years reported on and talked about issues of importance to all Milwaukeeans.
“I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mr. Von, and over the years I came to know him and his family. He was a class act and someone who cared deeply about Milwaukee. He will be missed. My prayers and sincere condolences go to his family at this very difficult time.”–Ald. Michael Murphy
“One has to ask how many more powerful voices will we lose before it becomes too hard to fix things.”
—Former 1290 WMCS AM talk show host Earl Ingram to James Causey in his Sept. 9 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“I was shocked to learn last night of the passing of Milwaukee radio icon, Eric Von. At a time when our city is still suffering, losing Eric’s voice of reason on the radio and his clear-eyed leadership on critical issues like gun violence is a tragedy. Eric always chose to shed more light than heat on the topics he covered, and his journalistic integrity and steady presence in an increasingly chaotic and divisive media environment will be sorely missed.”
“My heart also goes out to Eric’s family. He and his wife, Faithe Colas, epitomize the dedication, compassion, and selflessness that tie a community together.
“Our young people have lost a truly great role model, and I can only hope that others will step forward to continue Eric’s work of informing, educating, and speaking up for a community that remains in desperate need of more champions like him.”
–State Representative LaTonya Johnson
“Eric has left an undeniable footprint in Milwaukee. His voice will truly be missed on Milwaukee radio and his presence from the numerous community endeavors he created.” —Excerpt of a statement from the Black Public Relations Society-Milwaukee chapter
“All I need is one friend
To get me through the day
One friend that never goes away
Only one friend that understands
And never lets me down.
Never let’s me down.”
“Eric Von is that kind of friend. RIH dear brother. You have left us your eternal presence. We will never forget the impact you have on our lives. Our “Precious Lives.”
–Andre’ Lee Ellis
Andre Lee Ellis, an activist, community leader, and theatre director, and Rose Daitsman, a lifelong advocate for many human rights issues, have been named the 2016 recipients of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award.
Mr. Ellis and Ms. Daitsman will each be presented with the Zeidler award during a special ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20 in the third floor Council Chamber Anteroom (prior to the start of the regular meeting of the Common Council) at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
“The Committee’s decision recognizes these two outstanding leaders from different segments of our community, who share the common vision of empowering young people to overcome special obstacles in our society. Their positive examples and inspiring messages are things that our city needs to honor and grow,” said Arthur Heitzer, chair of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award Selection Committee.
Mr. Ellis has worked diligently to improve the lives of young African American males, while also investing in and improving the community, Mr. Heitzer said.
Mr. Heitzer continued: “Mr. Ellis’s creative and hands-on work to improve the lives of young African American men and boys on the north side has won well-deserved local and national recognition, including his appearance earlier this year on the Steve Harvey show and being named a ‘Harvey’s Hero.’ Every Saturday morning, young people, and their mentors, can be seen at 9th & Ring Streets, beautifying the area with a community garden.”
Mr. Heitzer added: “Their involvement has also decreased violence, and inspired many young men to work positively for their neighborhood while breaking negative cycles and committing themselves to high and realistic goals. His leadership in the ‘We Got This’ movement shows what caring and listening people can do in some of the most challenged situations in our city.”
About Ms. Daitsman, Mr. Heitzer said: “Rose Daitsman has truly been an indefatigable, lifelong advocate for many human rights issues, including gender, racial and economic equality. An activist for peace for many decades, she lives and breathes the understanding that we can only have a secure peace if it is based on justice.”
Alderman Robert J. Bauman, vice-chair of the award selection committee, said Mr. Ellis and Ms. Daitsman are role models who have worked to make Milwaukee a better city. “Andre Lee Ellis exemplifies what an engaged activist and mentor looks like – putting forth his own energy and vision for improving the lives of others in our city and doing it for the pure joy of watching others prosper, of seeing the betterment of total strangers,” he said.
“Over the years Ms. Daitsman has selflessly pursued causes that are of great import to our city, looking to bring human rights and social justice issues such as human trafficking and equal rights to the fore, and keeping her energy and focus strong for an extended period of years. Her work is worthy of recognition for any number of reasons,” Alderman Bauman said.
June M. Perry, a member of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award Selection Committee, said Mr. Ellis “is someone who takes action when he sees a need in the community.”
“He saw young African American boys who didn’t know what it meant to get dressed to go out to dinner…and he did something about it….the 500 Black Tuxedos project that brought together men and boys who were all dressed in tuxedos to go out to dinner,” Ms. Perry said.
“He saw boys who wanted to work but had no jobs so he created ‘We Got This’ to pay them $20 for showing up on time on Saturday mornings to plant and grow vegetables in a community garden. He is a role model, mentor, activist and father figure to many who look to him for guidance and advice. Andre is saving lives and helping boys become responsible men. I wish we could clone him!” Ms. Perry said.
Mr. Ellis moved to the Borchert Field neighborhood in 2011 and instantly began questioning the negative behavior he witnessed there. He took his interest a step further when he asked the young African American men he engaged with how he could help and what assistance they needed. His four decades of experience in theatre has helped him build relationships with the young members of his community and initiate programs that directly impact them and the community in which they live.
In the summer of 2014 Mr. Ellis started the nationally-recognized and aforementioned “We Got This,” campaign. It began when one 12-year-old boy asked Ellis for advice on how to stay out of trouble. He responded by putting him to work and paying him $20 in exchange for the boy’s improved behavior. Mr. Ellis’s idea grew, and now “We Got This” sponsors nearly 100 boys every Saturday to clean up their neighborhood. Ellis uses social media to find black men to help pay each boy $20.
That same summer Mr. Ellis founded another program to empower young African American men in Milwaukee. His “500 Black Tuxedos” event invites black men to sponsor boys in renting a black tuxedo for a day on the town. In the first year, 50 boys and 50 men participated, and under his leadership, the program continues to grow both locally and nationally.
Mr. Ellis has dedicated his life to “putting ‘neighbor’ back into our ‘hoods’” and has served as a positive influence to many. He also helped establish Milwaukee’s Juneteenth pageant as well as Garfield Avenue Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Arts Festival. He previously worked with Jomandi Productions, an African American theatre company in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving back to Milwaukee, where he was born and raised.
Rose Daitsman has been a resilient, lifelong advocate for many human rights issues, including gender, racial and economic equality. When Ms. Daitsman notices inequalities, she aims to correct them through working with existing organizations, or creating coalitions to unite around that particular issue.
With a background in Chemical Engineering, Ms. Daitsman has been a longtime proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She personally developed an engineering program for minority students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Peace Studies curriculum for Milwaukee Public Schools. Mr. Heitzer noted that “one of her special and unique contributions was promoting the involvement of Native American Indian students in the fields of science and engineering.”
In 2006, Ms. Daitsman created the Greater Milwaukee Human Rights Coalition, which soon after produced a report in 2007, titled: “The Status of Racial Discrimination in Criminal Justice, Employment and Housing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” She assembled 10 endorsing organizations and 20 individuals to help research and publish this 30-page report, which was later submitted to the U.S. Human Rights Network and the U.N.’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Committee. This report then led to her involvement in the revitalization of the city’s Equal Rights Commission, which was reinstated in 2009.
Ms. Daitsman has been nationally recognized for her dedication and advocacy. She was also instrumental in forming the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee. Now 90-years-old, Ms. Daitsman leads the Milwaukee branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She earned her B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and her M.A. in Educational Research from Xavier University.
In recognition of “Passport Day in the USA” Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki is offering free passport photos – a $10 value – to Milwaukee County residents who submit a new passport application in the County Clerk’s office, Room 105 of the County Courthouse, on Thursday, September 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Non-Milwaukee County residents and those renewing their passport can download a coupon for $1.00 off their passport photos from the County Clerk’s web site at: http://county.milwaukee.gov/PassportInformation22001.htm.
“If you’re planning a trip to a destination where a passport is required, apply for your passport and take advantage of our free photo offer on Thursday, September 15,” Czarnezki said.
Passport application forms are available in the County Clerk’s office or may be downloaded from the U.S. Department of State website at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html.
Passport applicants must bring in a certified birth certificate and a valid government issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license. The cost of a passport is $135 for adults and $105 for children under the age of 16.
All persons applying for a passport, including children, must be present during the application process. Both parents must sign the application of a passport for a child under the age of 16.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
I am saddened by the sudden passing of Eric Von, the longtime radio
host who for many years reported on and talked about issues of
importance to all Milwaukeeans.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mr. Von, and over the years
I came to know him and his family. He was a class act and someone who
cared deeply about Milwaukee. He will be missed.
My prayers and sincere condolences go to his family at this very
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HeartLove Place was featured on Fox 6 News about the garden program and how it teaches children about healthy food choices and responsibility through gardening. Under the leadership of HeartLove resident, “Green Thumb” Dorothy McBride, the children grew and reaped the harvest of their labor this summer! Green beans, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes made for a great meal. The garden program is supported through a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Summer Grants for Kids.
On Wednesday, August 11, fifteen adults graduated from the ProStart Culinary & Job Readiness Program. 100% of the class passed the ServSafe examination, certifying them as food safety managers!For the first time, TWO ProStart classes are being offered in the fall – one at HeartLove Place and the other through a partnership with the Social Development Commission at their Teutonia Ave. site. Graduation for both classes takes place in December.
This ProStart program is funded through a generous donation from Bader Philanthropies and the Social Development Commission. Other partners include Word of Hope Ministries, City of Milwaukee, and ResCare.
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9/1/16 – Milwaukee, WI – To give voice to and reflect what is happening in Milwaukee, CBS 58 will air a primetime special report ‘Milwaukee at a Crossroads,’ Tuesday, September 6 at 7 PM. The one-hour, commercial-free program takes an in depth look at the gun violence and unrest plaguing the Milwaukee inner-city and explores the steps being taken by law enforcement and the community to make positive changes.
The highlight of the special is a candid roundtable discussion with five families – who, prior to this interview, had not met each other – who have lost loved ones through senseless gun violence. They talk about the pain of losing a child to violence, how they coped after their tragedy and how they want local leaders to help the city build a better future for their families.
The special will include interviews from leaders in law enforcement, the court system and government, including Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Also featured in the special are Reggie Moore, City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Director, Hon. Chief Judge Maxine White, John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner and Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Captain Shunta Boston-Smith.
‘Milwaukee at a Crossroads’ will air Tuesday, September 6 at 7 PM and is anchored by Amanda Porterfield, Mike Strehlow, Michele McCormack.
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“What goes on in the house, stays in the house,” words read by Saturday’s Community Brainstorming Committee moderator Martha Love during the monthly forum’s focus on human trafficking at St. Matthew CME Church recently.
These are not Love’s words, but the words told to a middle school student by her mother. This middle school student is a victim of human trafficking who, in the same statement, said she just wants to be a kid.
Sadly, this child’s circumstances are not an anomaly, but part of the 79% of human trafficking cases reported in Milwaukee, human trafficking’s third largest hub in the nation. According to a 2015 report by The Guardian, Milwaukee has ranked consistently, over the last four years, among the top five cities in the U.S. for recovered adolescent victims of human trafficking. In 2011, Milwaukee was ranked number one. It is important to note that a large number of human trafficking cases go unreported,
Human trafficking is defined as the “illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” The average age for girls who become victims of sex trafficking is 13, though reports of children younger than 13 have been documented. Boys are also victims.
A CBC forum panel on Human Trafficking and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder advocates met with members of the community to share tough stories and to bring awareness. Panelists included Milwaukee Police Detective Dawn Jones, Fresh Start Learning, Inc. Executive Director Nancy Yarborough, Branch 21 Circuit Court Judge Cynthia M. Davis, Pastor Bobby Sinclair of Mount Hermon Baptist Church and local psychologist Dr. Ramel Smith.
Det. Jones, who has nine years with the MPD’s Sensitive Crimes Bureau, stressed the importance of a nonjudgmental approach when discussing her experiences with victims of human trafficking. “When it comes to trafficking, I think people want to see what is black and white as opposed to what the gray area is. So, I think what we need to do is show who’s actually being trafficked [and who the traffickers are] so we can keep our eyes out there; and that’s anybody and everybody,” said Det. Jones.
Jones also informed forum participants that trafficking reaches across all socioeconomic statuses, religions and ethnicities. “We go by the truth, not what the media shows us,” stated Det. Jones. “We need to treat others as God has treated us; show grace and show love. And, regardless of what we think we would have done in their shoes, we’ve not been in their shoes, so we need to get rid of any judgment at all.”
Yarborough approach is strictly “boots on the ground” or “consultation on wheels” as she described her organizations work; work that is largely built on establishing trust with victims of trafficking; those looking to get out and those in need of basic necessities.
“When you’re out there in trafficking, what happens is you build a wall of resistance … It’s a wall that they have to have to protect them out there on the streets,” said Yarborough. “But when you break down that wall of trust they have to start feeling again.”
During the week the Sherman Park neighborhood was hit with unrest after the police shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith, a woman Yarborough counseled in the same area was shot and killed. Her death garnered little news coverage along with several others that week as told by Yarborough—all victims of trafficking.
Yarborough explained that the fear and trauma victims of human trafficking experience are very real. According to Yarborough, a friend of one of the women killed, who is also a victim of trafficking, stopped Yarborough on the street days after, said she saw her friend’s life taken, then asked if Yarborough had any deodorant. “There’s no time to mourn,” said Yarborough. “They still have to work.”
Dr. Smith, spoke about the relationship between human trafficking and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how that differs from Complex PTSD.
Dr. Smith described PTSD as a traumatizing event that has made an individual fearful of certain situations, so the person disassociates and starts to move away from the trigger.
“The thing about complex trauma, is that it goes on repeatedly … when we see people who live in neighborhoods that look like third world countries or crime wards; this is when we talk about complex trauma, that you are [being] traumatized on a regular basis,” Dr. Smith stated. Dr. Smith pointed out that victims are often victimized by those in their household, or by others who are supposed to be protectors: parents, teachers, police officers.
Dr. Smith said Complex PTSD has the potential to manifest in different ways or to become “vicariously traumatizing,” stating that pimps have also sometimes been the victim; having to use how they were socialized to survive.
“I think we’re in the business of criminalizing poverty, and we don’t look at the affects that poverty has on the developing brain, on the developing child,” said Dr. Smith.
In one area the techniques and behaviors one repeatedly learns in their environment growing up is a protective feature that may provide confidence and security, but in another area the traits render punitive effects on the person’s life.
Here Dr. Smith pressed the “protective standpoint” and the “proactive standpoint.” He urged the audience to look at the cause whether than just penalizing the effect. This is actual rehabilitation, Dr. Smith said. He believes it’s an important piece to stopping human trafficking.
Judge Davis touched on her experiences as it relates to the challenges of prosecuting human trafficking cases. Like Det. Jones, Judge Davis believes “The John,” or person(s) obtaining the illegal acts, is part of the problem and must be prosecuted, too.
The challenges Davis encountered include: How many times the victim has to testify, retaliation against the victim, victims not identifying themselves as a victim, complexity of the investigation and blaming the victim.
“There’s such a stigma attached [to the victims of trafficking]; feelings of shame and guilt,” Davis stated. “Then once victims do get that strength to report and the case gets charged and we’re in trial, oftentimes what happens is … the defense is going to try to undermine that victims credibility.” Judge Davis said many defense attorneys label the victim a prostitute, and then ask the jury “how can you believe her?”
“And, unless you have a very well informed jury who is educated about all of the nuances of trafficking, there’s a chance the person doesn’t get convicted,” said Davis.
“The community’s willingness to talk about human trafficking is huge,” stated Assistant District Attorney Erin Karshen.
“Once [the victim] talks to that one trusted person then hopefully they can talk to law enforcement, hopefully they can talk to the District Attorney’s office.”
September 1, 2016
Ald. Milele A. Coggs (414) 286-2994
Today Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs introduced a Common Council communications file to allow public discussion of details in the case of Sylville Smith, the man who was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer during an August 13 incident near N. 44th and W. Auer.
The death of Mr. Smith, 23, sparked civil unrest and prompted an emergency curfew order for those under age 18. The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the state Department of Justice, whose findings will be turned over to the office of the Milwaukee County District Attorney.
Alderwoman Coggs, chair of the Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee, said open public discussion of the case is important going forward. “My goal is to allow for dialog and open discussion about the case, which has family and community members looking for information, looking for answers,” she said.
“My communication file can help spur public discussion about the case once facts are flushed out upon completion of the investigation,” Alderwoman Coggs said.
The file, introduced during today’s regular meeting of the full Common Council at City Hall, is expected to be assigned to the Public Safety Committee.
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