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While protests rage on in Ferguson, MO, after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black man, there hasn’t been a shortage of other African-Americans killed in the past several days. Over the weekend seven African-Americans were killed Chicago, and in Milwaukee, three were killed in three days.

The Journal Sentinel reports:

Two shootings separated by three blocks and 15 minutes in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood left one man dead, another man wounded and police with more questions than answers Monday. Another man was wounded on the north side several hours later.

A 20-year-old man was shot while he was inside his car about 12:30 p.m. Monday near N. 47th and W. Center streets, Police Chief Edward Flynn said.

Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan put at least some of the blame on Mayor Tom Barrett, who said he would increase police patrols at the beginning of the month.

In early August, Barrett said there would be an increased police presence in the city. But Donovan said he had been told by rank and file officers and members of the Milwaukee Police Association, which represents police officers, that there had been no increased patrols.

With so much focus on the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Brother Malcom Hunt, a Milwaukee pastor said:

It’s time for us to stop talking about what somebody else is doing from a different race….You had 31 children that have been shot this year, might be even a little bit more. Not one was shot by a white person, not one was shot by a white police officer.”

We need to start addressing what we’re doing because we’re killing one another.

While Hunt makes a good point, some residents of Milwaukee have suffered the same fate Michael Brown. While its still too early to know what really happened in Ferguson, in April Rebelpundit reported the situation in Milwaukee:

There were 41 officer-related deaths in the state of Wisconsin between 2008 and 2013. 14 of those deaths occurred in Milwaukee, under the watch of [Milwaukee District Attorney John] Chisholm, who was elected to office in 2007. Chisholm says there hasn’t been enough evidence (from the police’s internal investigations) to support charges in any of those cases.

One of those cases Chisholm failed to file charges in was the death of Derek Williams, a robbery suspect who died while unable to breathe in the back of a squad car. A video showed Williams gasping for air and pleading for help as the officers on the scene accused Williams of “just playing games.” After ten minutes of the officers failing to render assistance, Williams was dead.

The coroner’s office originally determined Williams died from natural causes, but later changed this finding to homicide. Chisholm did not press charges against the officers involved.

Activists staged a protest of their own in downtown Milwaukee on Sunday. The protest remained peaceful, unlike what is currently going in Ferguson.

Photo credit: Tory Lowe

Milwaukee Protest

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