Walker Offers Troubled Milwaukee Neighborhood Economic Assistance

By Ehlke, Gretchen | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), August 28, 2016 | Go to article overview

Walker Offers Troubled Milwaukee Neighborhood Economic Assistance


Ehlke, Gretchen, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


MILWAUKEE - State officials promised $4.5 million for job creation and other economic assistance for Milwaukee's north side on Friday, hours before nearly 2,000 people showed up for the funeral of a black man fatally shot by police.

Community members say long-simmering frustration over unemployment and economic disparities underlie the violence and destruction of property that rocked Sherman Park for two nights following the Aug. 13 killing of Sylville Smith, who police say turned toward an officer with a gun in hand before he was shot.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said several state agencies will be involved in the effort to bring jobs and training to the neighborhood and adjoining areas where eight businesses were set on fire, police were pelted with rocks and random gunfire erupted after Smith was shot. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will send mobile response units to neighborhoods with high unemployment to provide job counseling and opportunities, he said.

The announcement came the same day Smith's funeral was held in a north side church. Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to mourners at Christian Faith Fellowship Church. …

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