Milwaukee’s 2013 Per Capita Murder Rate Higher than Chicago’s

In an August 12 post, I lamented that the resurgence of shootings and homicides in Milwaukee this summer is due, in part, the city’s policing strategy.  And, quite frankly, since that post over two weeks ago, things have actually gotten worse—more shootings, a couple more homicides, and an officer getting accosted and sent to the hospital by an emboldened thug element.

A review of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Web site this morning reports the following: a 43-year-old member of the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) Tactical Enforcement Unit is attacked by two men, ages 18 and 24, who sent the officer to the hospital after a foot pursuit.  At 6:30 PM, three juvenile boys were shot near S. 26 Street  and W. Lapham Ave. after a basketball game gone awry. Another article reports than homicides in Milwaukee are up 19 percent in 2013 during the same period from a year ago.

You know things in Milwaukee are going from bad to worse when the beer city’s per capita homicide rate surpasses Chicago’s, where a bloody summer has stained the office of its new mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

Here are the numbers:

City                                 Population                           2013 Homicides               Per Capita Homicides

Chicago   2,707,000            270 One in 10,828 residents murdered.
Milwaukee     597,867              67 One in 8,923 residents murdered.


The officers on the street, as well as the brazen criminal element, are taking notice that the MPD’s crime fighting strategy is similar to President Obama’s redline remarks about Syria: like Obama, Chief Flynn’s bark is much worse than his bite.

“A Tac squad cop gets the s**t kicked out of him on 28 and Auer,” after two suspects who ran from the officer, turned and attacked, notes an officer deprecating the lack of adequate on scene back-up.   “Flynn and his policies are going to get a cop killed.”

Holding another roll call on the street won’t solve the problem of inadequate, on-scene officer back-up and drug dealers feeling empowered by the lack of a long term, area specific policing strategy.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at

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7 Responses

  1. Pingback: If you think Chicago is unsafe, then you really shouldn't be going to Milwaukee

  2. gbm

    Your story might be good but YOUR website is not readable. Back type on a white black-ground please.

    August 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  3. Thunderstixx

    It isn’t only Flynn’s Fault, Tom Barrett also has a ton of blame for his stupid policies that allowed the thugs to run wild for years. The result of those policies and the liberal hand wringing liberals on the city council are bearing fruit.
    I would imagine that the Cops will be a lot more careful about who they go after without backup now.
    I know I would after that officer almost got killed last night.

    August 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  4. Scott

    I used to visit Milwaukee in the 890’s and early 90’s when Gen-Con was held in July in the old MECCA center. Because the downtown was so walk-able, we all walked around to clear our head from the din of the convention, go to Georg Mader’s for dinner, and buy boxes of Usinger’s Sausages from the factory, and smuggle them home to the coast. What impressed me then was how calm and orderly Milwaukee was then and how “safe’ the city seemed then, with a robust police presence, and not a lot of trash in the street. What changes occurred to make Milwaukee somuch less safe, now? I know Flynn has vowed to go after legal gun owners, with his stupid testimony to Congress, but what else has blunted the efficiency of the Police?

    August 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  5. Wilson Clark

    Scott, what changed was demographics. The same plague that has infected most large American cities visited here too.

    August 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  6. Doug from the Southside

    Our methods [the MPD] for tapping into the streets were decimated with the elimination of gang and vice squads. Our [the MPD] ability to build quality criminal cases in order to lock up violent felons who will most certainly repeat their crimes was lost with the crippling restructuring and shrinking of the CIB.

    More weight is given to a handful of whining anti-police voices than the thousands who are victimized annually. We have surrendered the streets to hollow gestures (street roll calls). Last night’s murder occurred 10 mins after the police presence left the area.

    The chickens born from Flynn’s smoke and mirrors strategies have come home to roost.

    August 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  7. Doug, again, from the South Side

    Well, apparently we are all crazy because the MPD actually made 2000 arrests and recovered 553 guns in the last 4-7 weeks. Sounds inflated to me and I’m discretely checking on it. I have a feeling Flynn could be in some hot water if the MJS did a Fact Check on those claims.

    August 28, 2013 at 12:59 am

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