One day after the Department of Public works took down a memorial for Sylville Smith, near 44th and Auer, a smaller memorial was back up Thursday morning.
Crews removed the growing memorial yesterday, but now friends and family are putting it back up.
Nearby neighbor Maxine (who didn't want to give her last name) has lived in her home, across the street from the memorial, for over 50 years.
"They put it right back up first thing in the morning," said Maxine.
The place has become a gathering spot for Smith's family and friends. They say this is where police pulled over the 23 year old, moments before he was shot and killed by a Milwaukee officer in August.
"The family is here all day everyday, " said Maxine.
Milwaukee Police say Alderman Khalif Rainey asked for the memorial to be removed. Police say in the past few weeks, there have been large crowds and loud music at the gathering spot. Some neighbors say it's time for the memorial to go.
"From day one they knew he was not shot and killed there. They designated that as the spot, but they know that is not where he was shot and killed," said Maxine.
The district attorney has not released body cam video of the shooting. Smith's family and even some neighbors near Sherman Park hope that is the next step.
We attempted to contact Alderman Khalif Rainey numerous times to find out if the city will remove the memorial again, we are still waiting for his call back .
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