Groups work to quell violence in Milwaukee
…Barrett decided to have Ceasefire Sabbath occur every may close to Mother’s Day and before Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of the summer in Milwaukee, after having a conversation with former Supreme Court justice Janine Geske. Geske had worked with people previously incarcerated and found the person who often was able to reach them was their mothers.
The response to Ceasefire Sabbath from faith leaders in Milwaukee has been very positive, according to Barrett.
The mayor’s office also recently launched a new anonymous hotline for residents to report illegal guns. The hotline was created after looking at statistics on shootings to which MPD responded.
Barrett said more shootings were reported to MPD via the Shot Spotter technology — which uses sensors to triangulate the location of shots fired — than through calls to the police department.
"As I delved into that more deeply one of the responses I got was that people were afraid to call in," Barrett said. "And so we thought, ‘Let’s find an anonymous way for people to call in so we can get information on illegal guns’…"
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