Black Milwaukeeans react to police shootings

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jul 07, 2016

MILWAUKEE - Growing up as people of color in Milwaukee, many say they've felt racial disparity for years by the police. 

Moms, dads, and grandparents TODAY'S TMJ4 met with Thursday shared their hearts with us, like what they tell their sons about staying safe and the fear parents carry, wondering whether they've said enough.

Aalireon Kirk's quick on his feet. At ten years old, his mom's already talked to him about police.

"Yeah, she said don’t ever be bad, or you’ll get yourself in really deep trouble," said Kirk.

With the police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota Wednesday and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge Tuesday, Taine Nolden's concerned for his younger cousin, and he's sticking close by.

"People doing too much. You know you got shootings, things of that nature. Then you got police brutality. It’s a war out here," said Nolden.

Regardless of wealth or education, those we spoke with say racial profiling is for real.

“I try not to let it affect me, but it has," said Glenda Lee.

Glenda Lee volunteers at Moody Park and although her own children are grown, police violence is still problematic for her.

“Recently just had it happened to my son, got pulled over while driving black, honestly and I was afraid when he posted the video," said Lee.

Larenza Johnson's 19-year-old son has served time in jail.

“I say you’re not only threatened by the people out here, but you are threatened even by the law.  Do you have fear every time he walks out the house? Every time, because I know he’s a target," said Johnson.

But, this guy has got his eye on one day wearing the badge himself. Kirk says he wants to be a police officer because they "get to rescue people." He says he likes the idea of helping people.