Milwaukee

Common Council votes to delay action on marijuana reform

Written by AP reports Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:11

Milwaukee aldermen voted yesterday to delay a final decision on a proposal that would greatly reduce the fine for possessing a small amount of marijuana.

Dontre Hamilton's mother organizing million moms march on Washington for Mother's Day

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:25

Dontre Hamilton

The mother of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer hopes to get a million moms from around the nation to march in Washington, D.C., on Mother’s Day.

Dontre Hamilton's family, in the background, holds a sign during a protest in Red Arrow Park in August. -PHOTO: Dave Lauersdorf

Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond to any unrest that might be prompted by an impending announcement on whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man 14 times in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park.

Body cameras proposed for MPD officers

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:13

In the wake of a string of high-profile shootings of black men by police, Ald. Tony Zielinski is urging Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to include the cost of outfitting MPD officers with body cameras in his next budget, which will be introduced this month.

The Starbucks at Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park is closed today, and the surrounding area was quiet around noon except for arriving TV news vans and engineers setting up broadcast equipment.

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John Chisholm

The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County issued a statement today expressing sharp disagreement with Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm’s decision not to press charges against ex-MPD officer Christopher Manney for the shooting of Dontre Hamilton.

Protesters object to tree lighting in park where officer gunned down Dontre Hamilton

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 November 2014 09:49

Dontre Hamilton

Supporters and family members of a black man fatally shot by a white Milwaukee officer protested a tree lighting ceremony in the downtown park where he was killed.

Muslim movement accepts once-taboo causes

Written by By Gillian Flaccus,
AP writer
Monday, 04 August 2014 09:06

Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.

Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they point to Quran passages to back them up.

Money ball
Public financing for the Bucks arena entails hidden costs

Written by Virginia Small,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:01

Polling shows that voters strongly oppose public funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena complex. Yet elected officials forge ahead with the project, which could put taxpayers on the hook in myriad ways that lie buried beneath piles of hype and denial.

Dontre Hamilton

D.A. John Chisholm's final report on the investigation into the April 30 shooting of Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man, in Red Arrow Park follows.

Designers seek to catalyze city against racism

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:35

The roll-out of the Greater Together Challenge, a contest that aims to address ongoing problems of segregation and economic inequality in Milwaukee, was announced to dozens of people at a City Hall press conference on July 15. — Photo: David Szymanski