Arrests continue Wednesday in Sherman Park

Ten people were arrested Tuesday night
Posted at 1:20 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 19:32:45-04

MILWAUKEE -- Police made more arrests Wednesday near the site of a growing memorial for Sylville Smith.

Smith was shot and killed August 13 by a Milwaukee police officer. His death prompted two days of violence in the Sherman Park neighborhood.

Neighbors have complained that people gathering near his memorial site on Auer Avenue near 44th Street have been disruptive.

Police arrested three men Wednesday morning for disorderly conduct after officers say a small group refused a resident's request to leave her private property.

This follows an incident at the same location Tuesday night when police made 13 arrests after asking a crowd to disperse.

"You can't tell people that their grieving is up," said Frank Sensabaugh, who was one of the people arrested Tuesday night.

He considers himself a peacemaker in the neighborhood, and he's also a friend of the Smith family.

"We're not trying to be at odds with the neighbors," he said. "We're trying to respect the neighbors. I urge Chief Flynn to sit down with individuals that are actually out here and the neighbors and try to figure out a way that they can peacefully come to this tree."

Dorthy McFarland lives near the memorial site and says she wants her neighborhood to return to being quiet and peaceful again. And she thinks the memorial needs to be removed.

"I don't know why they're doing it, I mean he's gone, he's not coming back," she said. "I hate it, I'm sorry for it, but he's not coming back. I don't know why they keep standing down there."

Sensabaugh says they're willing to listen to concerns but he also says if the family wants to mourn, they shouldn't be asked to leave.

"As long as they need to come there and mourn and the city doesn't have anywhere else for them to go mourn, then they can go there and mourn," he said. "I don't understand what the problem is with them coming peacefully to mourn by the tree."