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Parking enforcement officer beaten, stabbed on the job, 2 in custody

Posted at 12:02 PM, Apr 02, 2019

MILWAUKEE — Two people are in police custody following an early morning attack.

A veteran parking enforcement officer was beaten and stabbed multiple times while on the job near 67th and Villard.

“To hear something like that, (I) don’t feel safe,” Tiffany McDade said.

The attack happened about 2:30 Tuesday morning, right across the street from McDade's home. McDade said she remembered hearing a knock at her door overnight, and now she thinks it may have been the victim looking for help.

“I was (sleeping) so I thought I was just dreaming, but I just pray that whoever did that comes forth,” McDade said.

According to police, two men confronted the city worker, violently kicking and punching him, and stabbing him multiple times. The city employee got away, rushing to his car. He then drove to Police District 4, where he was taken to the hospital. He’s now in stable condition, and the black-ticketed truck in question was towed and taken in for investigating. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales referred to this as a respect issue.

“I was (sleeping) so I thought I was just dreaming, but I just pray that whoever did that comes forth.” — resident Tiffany McDade

“It’s just amazing the lack of respect that we have for some of our public servants that we have out here,” Morales said.

The city is all too familiar with its employees being on the receiving end of violence. Two years ago, Greg Zyszkiewicz, a city inspector, was shot and killed while on the job — and Tuesday's attack, once again, calls into question Milwaukee city employee safety.

"Our concern goes out to the employee who was senselessly attacked this morning. We wish him a speedy recovery," said Mayor Tom Barrett in a statement. "There are many city workers in this community who every day get up to serve the citizens and perform important functions. All of these employees have our support and appreciation.”