In Milwaukee yesterday evening, A five-year-old little girl was shot and killed.
Milwaukee police said a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head near 58th Street and Fairmount Avenue about 6:20 p.m. Thursday has died.My God.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said two young children were watching television on the couch with their grandparents when bullets came through the window.
Flynn said they've had no calls to the home, and he has no idea why two people would walk up to the home and open fire.
“There is no reason conceivable that I can think of that would explain this violent remorseless act. I have no idea what was in the minds of these actors. What I do know is that we're going to find them. We're going to arrest them, and they're going to go to jail,” he said.
..."This wasn't even a shootout between two idiots. This was a targeted shooting at this house, for reasons yet unknown," Flynn said.
Why this house?
That is yet to be determined. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but we know a five-year-old was killed.
I wonder if her killers feel a little bad about it. Are they proud of themselves? Do they care at all? Are they so without feeling, soulless, that they can shrug something like this off?
I think so. You don't open fire on a house like that if you have any concern for innocent human life.
The shooters are evil.
Are the same people who are staging protest after protest, and recognizing the monthly anniversaries of the shooting of Dontre Hamilton going to put the same energy into expressing their outrage over this innocent little girl's murder?
Look at video of a meeting on Thursday about the Dontre Hamilton shooting.
Both Dontre Hamilton supporters and Milwaukee police officers showed up to a Fire and Police Commission meeting Thursday night, and shouts erupted.What a mess!
Chief Ed Flynn was under attack from two opposing groups. The police union is upset with him for firing Christopher Manney, the officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton.
Hamilton supporters are upset the officer has not been arrested and charged. All of this erupted inside the Fire and Police Commission meeting - where the chief had learned a five year old had been shot.
...They blasted Chief Flynn and fired Officer Christopher Manney.
...It went on for minutes with the Fire and Police Commission trying to bring control to the chaos.
And one point the crowd started yelling at Chief Flynn for looking at his cell phone until he explained he was getting updates about a five year old who had been shot.
"I'm sorry if you find it offensive," said Flynn, 'I'm keeping up with the developments of the shooting of a five year old."
Clearly, firing Christopher Manney didn't pacify the Hamilton supporters. They're screaming at Flynn. Because of his decision, he's underfire from his officers as well.
The idea that firing Manney would be a good solution to the case has been shown to be a terrible one.
And while all this yelling is going on, Flynn is taking updates on the shooting of a five-year-old in her home.
I wonder how Flynn managed to keep it together. That had to be extremely difficult.
Flynn was angry with the people yelling at him for being on his phone during the meeting, and rightly so.
"The fact is that the people out here, some of them who had the most to say, are absolutely MIA when it comes to the true threats facing this community and it gets a little tiresome. And when you start getting yelled at for reading the updates of the kid that got shot. Yeah, you take it personal!"I want to see protests organized by members of the community calling for an end to the sort violence that resulted in the murder of that little girl. I want to see them COOPERATE with police to get these thugs locked up and off the streets.
That, of course, is not going to happen. As Flynn said, they are MIA.
The focus on getting Manney while the murderers of children are ignored reveals a very disturbing tunnel vision on the part of the Hamilton supporters.
So will Tom Barrett stage one of his "I'm outraged" events?
And the people will keep demanding "justice" for Dontre Hamilton, and the officers will continue to be angry with Flynn, and more little ones will lose their lives because thugs are allowed to terrorize neighborhoods in part because people in the community refuse to cooperate with police.
Seems hopeless, doesn't it?
Once upon a time, parents actually behaved responsibly and made an effort to raise their children not to be thugs.