In his column at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, James Causey suggests that the city turn to the Guardian Angels to help address a recent spate of attacks on buses. The suggestion comes after the sheriff announced that he does not have the resources to stop the violence.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. says he does not have the resources to stop the recent rash of violence on Milwaukee County buses.
Clarke cites the recent bu[d]get cuts by County Executive Chris Abele.
Abele says crime and violence on buses is down. He said Clarke is just blowing steam.
The spat between the two comes on the heels of another fight on a Milwaukee County bus. On Thursday, a number of young people beat a woman who was with her 2-year-old son. A teen was taken into custody Friday morning after the incident, which occurred at 3:45 p.m. on the Route 35 bus at the corner of N. 35th and W. Fond du Lac Avenue.
The 24-year-old woman said she was attacked by several teens and assaulted while trying to get her son on the bus. The incident was caught on video, which will be used as evidence in court.
Instead of bickering about the lack of funding to patrol the buses, officials should find a way to expand the Guardian Angels in Milwaukee.
In my column Still on guard, I said one of the best ways to address youth violence and hold youths accountable is to make them a part of the solution. The Guardian Angels not only would make the buses safer, they would help youths who participate take pride in their community at the same time.
Read James Causey's entire column at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.