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'I had to wait 55 hours for Milwaukee Police'

CREATED Oct. 27, 2011

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MILWAUKEE- Monday, October 24th, 2011. It was a pretty Fall day. Fred was at the business he owns on Milwaukee's southside, like he had been on hundreds of Mondays. This Monday was unlike the others.

Shortly after noon, a young man broke into one of the employee cars parked outside the business. Fred called police. He was told that police were very busy but would get there 'soon'. 'Soon' wasn't in an hour.  It wasn't in two hours.  What about four hours? Nope. Eight. Uh-Uh.  "I was flabbergasted," Fred told me recently.  "I didn't know what to do. We didn't want to disturb the crime scene." Fred called back and was told police were still busy, but would be there soon. They weren't.

Monday turned into Tuesday and still no cops.  Fred called the district desk. He was told that police would soon be on the way. "I explained that we were still waiting for police," Fred says. "They continued to tell me that help would be there soon."

Wednesday rolled around. The clock ticked past 55 hours. Finally police showed up. 55 hours after Fred was told that police would be there shortly, they arrived. "I still don't know why it took them so long, except that they claim they were busy. This is unacceptable. They told me they were sorry.  I can't say, 'I'm sorry' if I'm late paying my taxes."

The thing that upsets Fred the most is that no one was ever caught. "Maybe if they had shown up when I first called and the guy was still tooling around the neighborhood he would have been caught."