Shaken by two nights of violent unrest in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood, authorities imposed a 10 p.m. citywide curfew for teens while faith leaders took to the streets to pray and talk with residents. The combination of law, order and faith was an attempt to break a cycle of violence that erupted after Saturday’s shooting death of an armed suspect by a Milwaukee police officer. Last night, Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn expressed cautious optimism, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. “We think we are in, comparatively speaking, a positive place,” Flynn said, adding that a half-dozen people had been arrested earlier in the evening.
“I’m calling on every resident of this great city,” Barrett said. “Do not do further damage to this great neighborhood.” It appeared that many were heeding the mayor’s call, with the night punctuated by a gathering organized by pastors from the nearby Parklawn Assembly of God Church and other congregations.