It's Like Living In The Predator/Prey Exhibit At The Zoo
One of my favorite parts of the Milwaukee County Zoo are the various predator/prey exhibits. You know, the ones where the lions and the zebras appear to be in the same environment. However, the zebras don't become lunch because they're actually separated from the lions by a moat.
More and more though, it's starting to seem like living in Milwaukee is like living in a predator/prey exhibit - except that there's no moat !
In just the last two weeks, we've had the Milwaukee bus driver who was beaten by a 17 year old passenger (who was allegedly angry because another driver hadn't let him use a forged bus transfer).
Then we had the 3 year old girl who darted in front of a car at 9:30 p.m. on the evening of Memorial Day. When the driver stopped to render assistance, an angry mob descended on him and beat him up. One of the thugs even went as far as to steal the guy's car!
Now we've got another mob beatdown on a Milwaukee County bus - complete with video.
Not to mention, of course, the usual spate of shootings and robberies that occur on a daily basis in the community.
In the latest bus incident, five 15 and 16 years olds brutally assaulted another 15 year old. According to Sheriff David Clarke, the suspects all have criminal records! How charming! How predictable!
I applaud the various efforts by Sheriff Clarke and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn to reduce crime in Milwaukee. At the same time, you have to appreciate how daunting the task before them really is.
I've lived in Milwaukee County most of my life. Until recently, I would have never thought twice about using city streets to go from the east side of town to the west side. Now I do - because I don't want to have happen to me what happened to the guy last week.
While it's been a bit of time since I've ridden on a County bus, I never felt unsafe on those occasions when I did. Now I think I might - because you never know when a group of young thugs are going to board the bus and attack.
I regularly attend area festivals and have almost never given a second thought to my personal safety. In light of what happened at RiverSplash though, I can't help but believe that I will in the future. I mean, who knows when a bunch of gangbangers are going to bum rush some festival and wreak their particular brand of havoc?
All in all, it's sure beginning to seem like the tax-paying, law-abiding citizens of this community are living in the predator/prey exhibit at the zoo - except we don't have a moat to protect us.
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