MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett held a news conference on Monday morning, August 15th to update the public on their handling of the unrest that has been happening in the city’s Sherman Park neighborhood.
One of the points driven home by the mayor was that the 10:00 p.m. weekday curfew for teenagers in the City of Milwaukee will be more strictly enforced.
“So parents, after 10:00 p.m., your teenagers better be home or in a place where they are off the streets,” Barrett said. “This is not the place where you go to gawk. It is not the place to go to take pictures. It is not the place to go to drive your car around right now.”
Police Chief Ed Flynn started the news conference recapping the previous night of activity in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Flynn said there were a total of 14 arrests overnight. 11 adult males and three adult females were arrested for disorderly conduct — all from Milwaukee. There were 30 Shot Spotter activations between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in the area from Center to Keefe and 51st to 20th St. Flynn indicated three police squads were damaged. The Bearcat vehicle was also damaged — having been struck by two bullets. Flynn said one automobile was set on fire around 1:30 a.m. Flynn also said there were a number of dumpster fires, a couch was set on fire, and a store suffered broken windows.
Flynn indicated seven police officers were hurt, as were four deputies with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Those officers and deputies were in some cases struck by flying bricks or rocks. Two neighborhood task officers were also hurt.
Chief Flynn said he has an opportunity to meet with some of his officers overnight. He said their spirits are high.
“They say they have a lot of concerns for their public safety, personal safety and for the safety of their colleagues. But they are very much committed to the mission,” Flynn said.
Despite all that did happen overnight, Chief Flynn indicated there was progress made in the last 24 hours.
“The community stepped up last night,” Flynn said. “Those of you who were out there saw many instances people preaching on street corners, counseling small groups of individuals, a number of individuals spoke at the vigil last night which could have easily been an excuse for some folks to incite. But rather, there were consistent calls for calm discussion and peaceful change.”