[Waukesha, WI] – On the heels of another deadly weekend in Milwaukee where two children were shot, leaving one dead, Tom Barrett pushed the blame on state leadership and refused to take any responsibility. As violence in Milwaukee continues to spike, Tom Barrett has one foot out the door. Rebecca Kleefisch released the following statement:
“Milwaukee needs new leadership, and the people need it now. Milwaukeeans deserve better than a leader who has already checked out. Mayor Barrett hasn’t done enough to stop out-of-control crime. He has one foot out the door while he waits for Washington to confirm him to his ambassadorship. Wisconsin families continue to pay the price.”
“If we want to stop crime in Wisconsin’s largest cities from spilling into the rest of the state, we need to get serious about this problem now. That means we need to hire more law enforcement officers and surge State Patrol into high crime areas. Wisconsin liberals like Tom Barrett aren’t taking crime seriously — as governor, I will.”
Milwaukee’s Violent Crime Problem
- Last weekend, there was a shooting that left an 11-year-old dead and a five-year-old shot during a drive-by shooting in Milwaukee.
- A recent series by Wisconsin Right Now detailed how Milwaukee County’s “no prosecution” rate of felony charges filed has increased in the last year.
- There have been ten murders of children under ten in Milwaukee since the beginning of 2020, a fact highlighted in a recent column from Dan O’Donnell.
- Milwaukee’s violence problems received national attention when the Los Angeles Times recently covered its rising crime rates.
- Milwaukee recorded its highest homicide numbers ever in 2020, according to recent figures released by the F.B.I.
- Milwaukee has consistently ranked in the top 10 of highest violent crime rates in the U.S. according to the F.B.I.