Sherman Park violence takes toll on area kids

Kids react to violent protests
Posted at 7:15 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 23:20:10-04

Two consecutive nights of protests and violence and a shutdown of a community area is taking a toll on some of the youngest residents of Sherman Park.

"I get scared but I don't cry," 7-year-old Denayaa Jones said.

Sherman Park was closed from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department had deputies in riot gear standing behind the snow fences to guard it.

But surrounding the park are families who haven't partipated in the protests, and have lived with violence outside their homes for the last few days.

Instead of concentrating on heading back to school, 7-year-old Rakiyah McDate is forced to confront the big problems in her neighborhood.

"People get killed on this block and they had burnt down the gas station," McDate said.

Kentrail Willis' big brother has makes sure she's away of her safety.

"You make sure if something happens, you make sure you stay in the house," Willis said. 

Kentrail and Rakiyak have early curfews like a lot of young kids in the area. Their Parents say if it's dark out they don't want them out.

Another parent told TODAY'S TMJ4 that on nights like these, he keeps his kids upstairs and "bunkers down."

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