Madison, Wis. – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett once said of improving crime statistics, “The statistics tell a lot, but if you look even deeper in these statistics, they tell you, I think, an even more striking story.” It turns out the Mayor Barrett was right. Because a new report today from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show us that over the last three years at least 500 violent crimes were misreported by Milwaukee as minor assaults. So many crimes were misreported, that Milwaukee’s violent crime rate actually increased, instead of the reported decrease.
“This is another example in the ever growing list of Tom Barrett’s failed leadership. It’s inexcusable that under his watch, the public was deceived as to the real levels of crime in Milwaukee,” said Walker Deputy Campaign Manager Dan Blum. “The more we learn about Tom Barrett, the more we know that we can’t trust him to do anything other than take Wisconsin backwards.”
The report also states that 800 more cases fit the pattern of misreporting, but public records were not available. A criminology professor called the report’s findings “just the tip of the iceberg” and said “misreporting is cheating the public.” He added “If they are playing fast and loose, they will do it with the cases they don’t send to the prosecutor. If it’s this bad at this level, how bad can it be on the cases that don’t reach eye level?”
More than 150 people crowded Keys Cafe & Bakery Wednesday in Hudson to hear Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett deliver his campaign speech. Barrett is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate facing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election on June 5.
With the Wisconsin recall election just three weeks away, a new Marquette Law School Poll shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leading Democratic challenger Tom Barrett by six percentage points, up from his one point lead just three weeks ago.
On Thursday, he launched his campaign proper from the front yard of a home in Wauwatosa, the first stop on what he promises will be an old-fashioned face-to-face, meet-the-people effort across the state.
Barrett spent close to an hour chatting with about a dozen and a half supporters seated on lawn and deck chairs at the home of Lynn Broaddus and Marc Gorelick in the 500 block of North 68th Street.
“That would equate to between 1.3 million and 1.5 million of the state’s eligible voters.
The Government Accountability Board issued its turnout prediction Thursday. The GAB had also predicted a 35 percent turnout ahead of last month’s presidential primary election, although the actual number ended up closer to 25 percent.”