Aggravated Assault Rise Leads Violence Spike In Milwaukee


While violent crime reports dropped slightly around the U.S. in the first six months of last year, they jumped 13 percent in Milwaukee, led by a 23 percent spike in aggravated assaults, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Said Mayor Tom Barrett: “We put cameras out. We put more police on the street. We have a new police chief now [Edward Flynn] who really believes in community policing and data-driven policing, and I remain hopeful that we’ll see a turnaround in these numbers.”

Flynn, who took office Monday, said reducing crime, disorder and fear will be the department’s primary mission. Stan Stojkovic, dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said the aggravated assault numbers stand out. “Actually, many, many times when you look at the nature of these cases, the guy is damn lucky he’s not dead,” he said. “This slippery slope between aggravated assault and homicide is very direct. A slight fluctuation could have an enormous impact. I think we can do something about that.”


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