Monday, January 28, 2008

Milwaukee's Near South Side Problem

Although a 'random, isolated' murder has captured headlines, the sub-text is more significant: the near South Side (roughly from 1st St west to 6th, and from National Ave. south to Mitchell) has been plagued by a rash of robberies and smash/grab car break-ins over the last 2 weeks.

It's unsettling, to say the least, and the escalation to shooting (one dead in Walker's Point, one wounded in Kozzie Park) with robbery, is serious.

This has included smash/grab car break-ins near a couple of churches, executed on Sunday mornings while the car owners were in church.

It's something that the Milwaukee Police Department should eradicate quickly. The neighborhood's occupants do not deserve this crap; nor do visitors, whether from greater Milwaukee or from South Africa.

6 comments:

Phelony Jones said...

Hits a little too close to home. The murder of the exec was a big shock.

3rd way said...

Tragic. This guy left a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world (S. Africa) and ends up getting murdered in Walker's point.

Our new chief has his first high profile major crime to react to. The south side does seem to have an increasing problem with crime.

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Another excuse for the Coors execs to want to stay put.

James Pawlak said...

Of course the Milwaukee Urinal will not publish the name of the bar (Did it fly a rainbow banner at half-staff) or the description of the Latino killers and, if they are taken, the fact of their citizenship status.

Zachary said...

"Of course the Milwaukee Urinal will not publish the name of the bar (Did it fly a rainbow banner at half-staff)"

What difference does it make which bar the victim had just been in? The fact that the victim was homosexual should have no bearing on the fact that he was murdered in cold blood.

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