Sherman Park residents resume meetings despite park closure

Posted at 11:13 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 00:16:32-04

MILWAUKEE -- The barriers went up as scheduled, and a scheduled dialogue on breaking down barriers went on as scheduled, too.

Sherman Park residents on Wednesday night continued their weekly meetings with Milwaukee Police officers and Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office deputies, exchanging ideas and suggestions about youth activities and park safety.

"Whether you believe it or not - I care about you, young man," MPD Capt. Ed Banks told a boy sitting in the front row. "I don't want anything to happen to you and I don't want your family to grieve the way some other families are grieving right now. That's why we're all here."

The Sherman Park Community Association first invited MPD to meet with residents after the park's first melee back on July 1st. On that night, members of a large crowd shattered MCTS bus windows and torched garbage cans.

For the last seven weeks, dozens of residents have come to the Boys & Girls Club at Sherman Park on Wednesday nights to find more ways to keep children active and off the streets.

Reggie Moore, Milwaukee's director of the Office of Violence Prevention, is first and foremost a father of three.

"You hear the rhetoric that the children are our future - but they're also the now."

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