Milwaukee Alliance Helps Families Meet City Officials During 24/48 Campaign

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Members of the Milwaukee Alliance joined the families of victims of police crimes at a recent meeting with the Fire and Police Commission. (Fight! News/Staff)


Milwaukee, WI – On June 6, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression hosted a meeting between the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) and families who have lost loved ones to police brutality . Present at the meeting were the families of Samuel Rodriguez (murdered in 2002), Larry Jenkins (murdered in 2002), Jay Anderson Jr. (murdered in 2016) and Alvin Cole (murdered in 2020).

This meeting was coordinated after a meeting between the Milwaukee Alliance and the FPC last month in which the Milwaukee Alliance discussed the need for a policy ensuring that Milwaukee police publicly release the names of officers. involved in the police misconduct within 24 hours of the incident and all footage of the incident within 48 hours. They call it the 24/48 campaign. The FPC is currently in the information gathering phase of its policy creation process. They expressed a desire to create a policy proposal regarding the release of images by the fall.

Currently, there is no policy in Milwaukee that dictates when and how police publicly release images related to police misconduct. The Milwaukee Police Department claims to follow an informal policy of releasing footage within 45 days, but they often exceed that limit, only to release a heavily redacted video that matches their story, if they release the footage at all.

At the meeting, the families strongly supported the demands of the Milwaukee Alliance’s 24/48 campaign. Taleavia Cole, sister of Alvin Cole and member of the Milwaukee Alliance, told the FPC President and Commissioner how important it is for families to release the footage in a timely manner. Many families often wonder what happened that led to the death of their loved ones when the footage is not released and, as Cole expressed, the waiting is painful and prevents families from healing.

Debra Jenkins, mother of Larry Jenkins, expressed the importance of adding a punitive dimension to the policy as well. As happened in the cases of Jay Anderson Jr. and Alvin Cole, the same killer cop turned off the cameras. Jenkins asked the FPC to ensure that politics can hold these cops accountable when they turn off their cameras. Otherwise, the police will continue to circumvent the law and avoid accountability.

Additionally, Linda and Jay Anderson, parents of Jay Anderson Jr., and Victor Rodriguez, father of Samuel Rodriguez, pointed out that families rarely have a chance to fight police in court because the police story comes out. faster and dominates public perception. Timely public release of names and images will help families improve their chances of getting justice in court and help them develop their own story before the police.

The Milwaukee Alliance has led the 24/48 campaign since the police killing of Roberto “Touch” Zielinski on May 30, 2021. This meeting between the families and the PFC is the most recent and perhaps the most powerful chapter in the campaign to date. . The FPC now has compelling evidence that families impacted by police brutality strongly support the demands of the Milwaukee Alliance.

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