No indictment, one apology and one settlement for three police misconduct cases this week

There were developments for three prominent cases of police misconduct this week. Here’s a rundown of what happened, and what’s next for the families and officers involved. Grand jury decides that shooting death of Ricky Boyd was justified. Original incident: On Jan. 23, A phalanx of Savannah-Chatham officers and U.S. marshals arrived outside a house […]

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Prompted by Wisconsin tragedy, Green Alerts for missing, at-risk veterans could go national

Prompted by the death of an Air Force veteran from Milwaukee, Wisconsin recently passed a law creating a Green Alert system for missing, at-risk veterans. Now members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation are attempting to make Green Alerts national. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, introduced a bill Wednesday, joined by Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, that […]

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Moore, Dingell and Costello launch caucus to address domestic violence

Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore along with U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania have launched a new caucus dedicated to ending domestic violence, creating innovative prevention strategies and strengthening resources for survivors and their children. The caucus is the Bipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence. “Since coming to Congress, one […]

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Milwaukee cop who first confronted Bucks’ Brown suspended two days

The Milwaukee police officer who first confronted Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown outside a Walgreens in January was suspended for two days, the Journal Sentinel has learned. Two supervisors who later arrived, escalating the situation, were suspended for 10 and 15 days, sources said. Several other officers were reprimanded. Police Chief Alfonso Morales has not […]

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American Red Cross, Harley-Davidson partner to install fire alarms in homes

Pat Sweeney has never forgotten the day she arrived at her parents’ house to find it in flames. The top floor of the house she grew up in was destroyed, and her parents sat outside, wrapped in blankets. “The only thing that saved them was the “blood-curdling, high-pitched sound of the smoke alarms,” she said. […]

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States waste hundreds of thousands on drug testing for welfare, but have little to show for it

In 2017, states spent more than $490,000 to drug-test 2,541 people who had applied for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, which yielded just 301 positive tests. While the costs for these programs has dropped somewhat over the past three years, the number of positive tests has also declined. This year, ThinkProgress also asked […]

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Shorewood Students To March For Gun Reforms

Shorewood students plan to march Wednesday and have a sit-down meeting with Congresswoman Gwen Moore over gun control. SHOREWOOD, WI — Students at Shorewood High School are reportedly continuing their advocacy for more comprehensive gun laws, and are planning to march Wednesday and meet with a local congresswoman. On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, students from […]

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House Speaker Paul Ryan under fire, accused of forcing House chaplain to resign

House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing bipartisan criticism, accused of forcing the house chaplain — a priest — to resign. “I continue to just be aggrieved, outraged and astounded,” U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore said. The Rev. Patrick Conroy is out after seven years in the post. Some Democrats suggested Ryan was upset that Conroy got […]

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Vel Phillips, Housing Rights Champion in the ′60s, Dies at 95

By RICHARD SANDOMIR of The New York Times Vel Phillips, a barrier-breaking African-American lawmaker from Milwaukee who became an influential voice in the national movement for fair housing during the 1960s, died on April 17 in Mequon, Wis. She was 95. Her son Michael confirmed the death. Ms. Phillips — the first African-American to serve […]

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Decision to close south side Social Security office draws criticism

The decision to close the Social Security Office on Milwaukee’s south side has been met with harsh criticism by city and state leaders. The Social Security Administration says the office at 7th and Mitchell will close March 22. The office serves about 2,200 people a month, according to a spokesman with the agency. The office […]

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