Neighborhood residents welcome ‘ShotSpotter’ and heightened police presence

ShotSpotter sensors quickly alert police to gunfire in neighborhoods.

Clean Slate Milwaukee urges ex-convicts to ‘be part of their own rescue’

Jermaine Jackson works with Angela Catania, a supervisor at the Center for Driver’s License Recovery and Employability, to check his driving status.

Clean Slate Milwaukee provides expungement services for young adults between the ages of 17-25 who have non-violent felony or misdemeanor convictions.

Anti-violence group displays ‘soles’ to raise awareness about gun deaths

Hearts and Soles, a tour of five cities sponsored by Wisconsin’s Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) displayed 467 pairs of shoes, representing the 467 victims of gun violence in the state last year.

A Wisconsin anti-violence group is calling for a law that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales.

Council member to introduce legislation requiring body cameras on police

Tracey Dent, community organizer, collected more than 2,100 signatures on a petition in support of police body cameras. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

New legislation is anticipated this week that would require police officers to wear body cameras while working in the community.

Milwaukeeans to demonstrate in support of outraged Ferguson residents

A woman takes notes at a meeting sponsored by the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable. (Photo by Raina J. Johnson)

Local citizens and organizations are calling for justice in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. A demonstration is planned for Friday at Red Arrow Park, where an African American man was shot to death by a police officer in April.

‘The shooters are killing people who look like themselves’

Participants listen as a community member shares a personal story about gun violence. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

More than 50 city residents listened as one after another described their personal connection to gun violence and shared thoughts on how to stop it.

Activist says ‘we got this’ when it comes to keeping black youth busy and safe

Teens pick up garbage in their neighborhood, employed by community activist Andre Lee Ellis. (Photo by Karen Stokes)

Borchert Field resident Andre Lee Ellis has taken anti-violence efforts into his own hands, paying young black men to clean up their neighborhood for several hours each weekend.