Police called it the “Hours of Chaos.” On June 22, an investigation into the whereabouts of two missing teenagers went sideways when a Milwaukee mob took matters into their own hands. By Tuesday, a person’s home and vehicle had been torched, people lost everything, 10 police injured, 1 firefighter injured, and three people shot. On Monday, June 29, one person was arrested for the damage; police are actively seeking the others. You can see all the suspects at Milwaukee Police on Facebook.
The two teens had been missing since Sunday that week. The neighborhood had their sights fixed on a residence since 2017 that they believed was operating a sex trafficking ring…without evidence to back that up. They also do not believe that police care about Black children who are missing, so they decided they would take care of the problem themselves.
Milwaukee burned down this Pedophiles house today. pic.twitter.com/QtqdFIUyTa
— Sarah McKenzie (@sarah_veenstra) June 24, 2020
Milwaukee Mob – Hours of Chaos
One of the people who lost everything was a mother and her newborn baby, who lived in the upper level of the home. Jaleesa Hall got to watch the home she lived in burned out on TV from the hospital room. She did not believe there was any untoward activity at the residence.
“As a mother of a 2-year-old and a newborn baby, Hall added, she would not have felt safe living in the unit if she had believed her neighbors were engaging in such activity.
“I don’t know where they’re getting this information from,” Hall said.
But rumors took hold on social media as people livestreamed from the scene to thousands of viewers, sharing unconfirmed information.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
According to the Milwaukee police via Heavy.com:
On Monday, June 22, 2020, Milwaukee Police responded to a residence located on the 2100 block of North 40th Street to check for a missing 13 year old female and a missing 15 year old female. The officers searched the residence multiple times; however, the teenagers were not located at the location.
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at approximately 10:00 am, officers were dispatched to a trouble with subject call at the same location and were notified that individuals attempted to enter the residence to conduct their own missing check. Officers searched the residence again; however, the teenagers were once again not located at the location.
An hour later, at approximately 11:00 am, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation at the same house on the 2100 block of North 40th Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered that shots were exchanged between the residents of the home and the group of individuals who were attempting to enter the residence.
While officers were on scene, the crowd continued to grow and individuals began to throw bricks and pieces of concrete at officers, which resulted in two officers being injured. Due to the large crowd and their unruly behavior, the officers who were at the location requested back up. Prior to additional officers arriving at the scene, the crowd surrounded the rear of the residence and set a couch, a vehicle and a residence on fire.
Milwaukee Police had to escort members of the Milwaukee Fire Department to the scene in order for them to be able to safely extinguish the fire. As a result of responding to this incident, one member of the Milwaukee Fire Department sustained a non-life threatening injury and was transported to a local hospital.
During this incident several shots were fired by individuals in the crowd and three individuals sustained non-life threatening gunshot injuries. The victims of those non-fatal shootings were taken to a local hospital for treatment where they are expected to survive. A total of ten officers sustained injuries.
Later in the evening, the crowd returned and reignited the fire to the residence. Officers intervened; however, three officers were injured by individuals who were in the crowd who struck them with bricks.
The Milwaukee Police Department can confirm that both missing teenagers have been located and are with their families. At no point did the missing teenagers qualify under the state guidelines for an Amber Alert.
MPD interviewed both teenagers who denied going to or being at the residence and denied meeting or knowing anyone who lived at that residence. There is also no evidence to substantiate that human trafficking occurred at that location.
The preliminary investigation revealed that no information has been provided to MPD to suggest that the teenagers were at the residence that was set on fire or that any foul play occurred at that location…
Hours of chaos, indeed. The Milwaukee mob assumed that the residence in that neighborhood was a place of sex trafficking and broke into it. Social media helped fuel this disaster, with people not paying attention to real evidence, and dismissing the police actions as ineffective.
The view of the community is seriously different than the view of the police. The divergent viewpoints are the single most destructive part of this situation. Vaun L Mayes was arrested for his part in the violence, but now activists are demandeing he be released.
“They said there were a couple of little missing kids in this house. It started with this house, missing kids. When the people called the police, the police came and didn’t do sh-t basically, so the people decided themselves to come back to the house. People came to the house, they said people left the house, little kids left the house. So, when they came to the door, people started shooting throughout the door. Then the police came and arrested the people for shooting through the door. The detective told me he didn’t find any evidence of the missing kids in the house… Community members then got word that the kids may have gone to a different house. The kids “started to run” and people chased them through a park…” Frank Nitty, community activist
Things getting very tense in an alley at 39th and Lloyd in a missing girls case. Two teenage girls are missing, the crowd here says this house is where they were last seen. People in the crowd tell me it’s a known sex trafficking house. Police have not confirmed. @WISN12News pic.twitter.com/GiGiDhVKUp
— Caroline Reinwald (@WISN_Caroline) June 23, 2020
“Police have not confirmed.” This is what happens when the mob decides they know better than the police. As long as this sentiment is present in America, we are in deep trouble with the mob rule.
“What you had today is vigilantism. You had people take the law into their own hands and run off of information that has not been proven. We need to investigate that. That’s what the police is here for.” Police Chief Morales
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