City sues to shut down 12 suspected drug houses in Milwaukee

Posted at 7:34 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 20:34:42-05

The City of Milwaukee has a message for bad landlords.

They're putting the hammer down on one landlord, Kenneth Churchill III, who they say allegedly knew of widespread illegal activities happening at this properties on the south side of Milwaukee.

Families and city leaders say the homes are ruining their neighborhoods, and the city is suing to shut down his properties.

"Drugs and prostitutes we're not interested in, we're interested in good people," said Alderman Bob Donovan, who serves the district where some of these homes are located.

Donovan adds they have received numerous complaints of drug dealing and prostitution.

"He needs to be shaken up and sit behind bars as far as I'm concerned," said Donovan.

The lawsuit says that since 2011 there have been 11 notice of public nuisance letters on his properties.

The city also believes Churchill was aware of the delivery and distribution of marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, and cocaine inside homes. They say he may even participated in the illegal activity.

Tiffany Bryant lives two doors down from one of his homes, and is glad the city is moving in this direction.

"I don't approve of that being around my children, that's why I barely bring them outside now, not good at all for the community," said Bryant.

But other neighbors say he's being picked on.

"They're lying, they're straight up lying, I don't think he would do anything like that," said Robbie Simms.

TODAY'S TMJ4 knocked on Churchill's business door, but he wasn't at his business at the time.

On top of negligence, the lawsuit says that Churchill has numerous code violations on his properties. We'll update this story if we hear back from Churchill.

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