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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

THE RULES IN THE CITY

LEMME GET THIS STRAIGHT

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It's an unfortunate set of unwritten, unspoken and often duplicitous rules that govern the chaos in our fair city right now.

We've reported extensively on the "no snitching" movement. It's the attitude that seems to permeate crime ridden areas of Milwaukee. Good people in these neighborhoods find themselves victims twice. First when some crime is perpetrated against them, and second when their own friends and neighbors won't step up and help police find the people responsible.

As I write this... that is happening right now at 28th and Wright. Milwaukee police say they're having a difficult time getting anyone to come forward and talk about how 4 people got shot dead in the street just a few hours ago. No snitching.

A story from overnight sheds light on a new phenomenon. People are getting so unruly on the scenes of accidents that some people involved, and even emergency responders fear for their safety.

We just did another story this morning about what appears to be an accident. A kid darted out in traffic at 13th and Atkinson, and was hit by a car. The child died. The driver stopped to help... but fled after angry neighbors began to threaten him. He stayed near the scene and returned once police arrived... again doing the right thing. Police have so far said they don't think the driver was to blame for the accident.

So... let's get this straight.

If a person does the right thing, stops on the scene of an accident, and waits for police and emergency crews to arrive... he can expect to be attacked by angry neighbors.

If a thug's stray bullet in a spray of gunfire hurts or kills a kid, or some gangster shoots up a group of people in the street... that person can count on protection from the community. 

These are things you can't blame on the Chief of Police, the Mayor or the Common Council. These are things that need to change in order for Milwaukee to be safer.

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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