Milwaukee city employee safety at forefront during murder trial

MILWAUKEE -- As one of the men accused of killing a city employee goes to trial, reminders of employee safety are brought back.

Greg Zyszkiewicz was killed in March 2017 while on the job. Police say two men came up to him in his car with a sawed-off shotgun. The man accused of pulling the trigger is Deshaun Scott, though the circumstances of how that happened are in question. 

It's an incident that gripped city employees. Soon after, the city worked with various departments to find out what areas of concern they had so they could adjust their personal safety guidelines.

"Things such as, even providing bulletproof vests for some employees," Ald. Bob Donovan, Chair of the Public Safety & Health Committee said. "Going out in pairs in certain neighborhoods. At times, even waiting for an escort from the police department to go to certain properties. A variety of steps have been made."

Alderman Donovan says this is an evolving guide to ensure employee safety. The city also offers a number of other tips on maintaining safety for its employees on its website. Donovan says he doesn't want to instill fear that these employees have the most dangerous jobs, but there are threats for them. 

"Our city employees are out there on a daily basis at all hours of the day and night," Donovan said. "They know, perhaps more than most, how dangerous some of these streets are. They do need to take as many precautions as possible. If they feel threatened, they need to leave that area. We hope and pray nothing like [Zyszkiewicz's] tragedy will ever reoccur."

Scott's trial started Tuesday. The other two men charged in the murder will be in court in July. 

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