Milwaukee’s Black-on-Black Murder Epidemic

Michael Thompson, WND, August 10, 2013

Data compiled by the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC) show that in 2012, 93 percent of the known murder suspects had criminal backgrounds. The data reveal most of the murder suspects and victims were black.

The MHRC, established in January of 2005, is central to the city’s violence prevention efforts. {snip}

In the city of 600,000, there were 91 murders in 2012. Seventy-five percent of known suspects were black, as were 80 percent of the victims.

Six percent of the homicide victims were white and five percent of known suspects were white.

Twelve percent of the victims were Hispanic and 19 percent of the known suspects were Hispanic.

The city of Milwaukee itself is 40 percent black, 17 percent Hispanic, and 37 percent white.

Of known 2011 homicide suspects in Milwaukee, 93 percent were black, 4 percent were white, and 4 percent were Hispanic.

In murders where the weapon was known, a handgun was used 100 percent of the time. Contrary to the myth of gang disputes being the cause behind high homicide rates, only one percent of 2012 homicides were gang related.

The MHRC also tracks nonfatal shootings, 508 of which occurred in Milwaukee in 2012.

The data reveal that 89 percent of the suspects in these nonfatal shootings are black, and 88 percent of the victims are also black; five percent of the victims are white, and two percent of suspects are also white; seven percent of the suspects are Hispanic, and six percent of the victims are Hispanic.


Milwaukee is among the 20 most violent cities in the country. By far, the largest number of homicides in Milwaukee occurred in one much-discussed zip code, 53206.

A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee project says, “The 53206 zip code neighborhood serves as a bellwether for poverty changes in Milwaukee and nationally.”

The report also notes, “In the 1990s prior to welfare reform in Wisconsin it had the largest number of families receiving AFDC [Aid to Families with Dependent Children].”

In 2012, 16 of the 91 murders occurred in this zip code and 96 of the 508 nonfatal shootings happened here.

In 2011, 17 of the 86 homicides in Milwaukee occurred in 53206. Between 2005-2009, there were 95 homicides in this zip code out of 473 in the city as a whole. That’s 20 percent of all homicides, occurring in a Zip Code with less than 5 percent (28,210) of the city’s 594,833 population.

Blacks comprise 96 percent of the zip code, Latinos are 2.1 percent, and whites are 1.6 percent.

WND previously reported on that area in Milwaukee where half of the housing loans are for investors, 60 subprime lenders operate, and 90 percent of family income-tax filers are single parents.

That would be that zip code 53206, a key component of what’s been described as Milwaukee’s welfare magnet.


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