Shooting of teen tears at Milwaukee’s racial sores
Mayor promised investigation
MILWAUKEE — They buried Darius Simmons between two tall maple trees, nine days after he was gunned down, allegedly by an angry neighbor who believed the 13-year-old had stolen his shotguns.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the tragedy has torn at the city’s racial sores: A black boy shot at close range, his alleged killer, a 75-year-old white man, now charged with first-degree intentional homicide. The boy and his family recently moved to the block; the man was a decades-long resident of a neighborhood that years ago changed from all-white to multiethnic.
Police are accused of treating the victim’s family with a heavy hand. They left their house in disarray after scouring it in vain for the shotguns.
Mayor Tom Barrett, who has vowed an investigation, attended Saturday’s funeral.