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Ald. Jim Witkowiak speaks at a news conference after another incident at Tech earlier in the year. Donovan stands behind him.

Donovan, MPS, MPD issue statements on Tech incident


This morning Ald. Bob Donovan issued a statement noting that alleged gang activity at Bradley Tech High School in Walker's Point led 39 Milwaukee Police Dept. squads to respond to the school on Nov. 30 and 29 more squads to patrol the area around the school the following day.

According to Donovan's statement 20 people were arrested and a rifle and a fake handgun were seized by police. A Milwaukee Public Schools statement later in the day said that the two weapons were not found at the school and the suspects arrested in conjunction with them are not currently attending Bradley Tech.

"I believe that it borders on criminal behavior for MPS officials not to have notified public officials about the incidents at Bradley Tech," Donovan's statement read.

"The residents in the neighborhood have surely been appreciating the stepped up police presence, but they had no idea why it was happening. This is unforgivable, but not surprising to me."

Donovan says in the statement that the police response was the result of an apparent gang fight.

"According to Milwaukee Police Department dispatch records," wrote MPD's Anne E. Schwartz in an e-mail statement to media, "28 police officers and sergeants responded to the school between 2:15 p.m. and 2:31 p.m. Within one hour of the initial call for police, 12 of the original responding squads were released,18 arrestees were in custody and order was restored at the school."

Schwartz confirmed that the two weapons were confiscated outside the school from non-students. She added that after Nov. 30 there were no further incidents at the school.

"As for the school," Donovan said, "I believe it should be treated as a nuisance property, with MPS picking up the tab for the ridiculous level of police presence and babysitting that is going on."

In its statement, Milwaukee Public Schools noted that MPS worked in concert with Milwaukee Police and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office in responding to the fight at Bradley Tech.

The district also said that it pays Milwaukee Police $60,000 to patrol high schools at dismissal times and athletic events.

"Superintendent Gregory Thornton has met with Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn and they continue to work together to address issues that plague our schools. Dr. Thornton recently met with Violence Free Zone representatives regarding Bradley Tech and the community's challenge. We are frequently talking with our neighbors through the Walker's Point Neighborhood Association, because a Bradley Tech representative makes it a point to attend the Association's meetings.

"On several occasions we have extended invitations to Ald. Donovan to work with us," reads the MPS statement. "He has yet to respond. We welcome him to tour the school, and to view the efforts being made on behalf of Milwaukee's children."

Ald. Jim Witkowiak, in whose district, Bradley Tech is located, has not issued any statement or public response to Donovan's remarks.

Talkbacks

TrueMKE | Dec. 8, 2010 at 11:51 p.m. (report)

Bob Donovan is a bitter, hateful old bastard who thinks he's above reaching out to the younger generations in Milwaukee who pay his salary and has absolutely no hope for our youth. The fact that he's asking MPS to pick up the tab when he knows good and well that they get their money from the exact same place as the City of Milwaukee is just another example of his willingness to make himself look good by pandering to the racist and xenophobic tendencies of the clueless baby-boomers in his district. No one is denying that MPS has a LOT of problems, but when was the last time Donovan (or ANY local politician for that matter) actually proposed a solution to the issues they have no trouble slamming the district in the media for?

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kman8900 | Dec. 8, 2010 at 9:34 a.m. (report)

It makes me ill to write my tax check out every year and read about this insanity. Last one to leave shut off the lights.....

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rabid652 | Dec. 7, 2010 at 4:21 p.m. (report)

Who is Donovan kidding? Have MPS pick up the tab? Is that really the issue? What the hell is the difference between MPS paying the bill or the city? They both recieve my tax dollars.

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