***The following is a statement from Alderman Joe Davis. The complete article about Corey Stingley can be found HERE. What Alderman Davis has stated is true. It is true because we have created a culture where criminal behavior is everybody else’s fault, except the criminal themselves. Alderman Davis is, of course, pandering to his constituents, so I don’t expect much of him. However, this is the prevailing attitude from most of the leadership throughout Milwaukee County. Frankly, we should know better.
Here is my piece of advice: When you decide to break the law, whether it is stealing a car or stealing a piece of gum, you are operating outside of the law. You are an outlaw. When you become an outlaw, YOU are responsible for the entire chain of events that happens as a result. Therefore, if you want to avoid unnecessary harm or death, DON’T BREAK THE LAW! - Jerry B***
Word to the Wise
Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.
January 17, 2014
After further reviewing the surveillance footage regarding the death of Corey Stingley and now receiving the ruling for cause of death from the medical examiner, I say “something smells in Denmark.” I have not, and will not, condone the issue of theft that surrounds how the circumstances became volatile. But my advice to those of us from the public who make a conscious decision to intervene: If the subject is not a threat to you and your personal surroundings, CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT!
There is too much anger in our society and cynicism is driving our distaste for conditions we are placed in when crime is impacting our communities. But let’s be very clear, when you decide to intervene you are accepting the responsibility of any, and all, consequences of your actions. Law enforcement individuals are highly trained in detaining subjects from fleeing with techniques that are designed to preserve life. In cases like this, call the police and let professionals handle the law breaker. We must not turn into a community where vigilantism is tolerated, and as the Stingley case shows, without adequate professional training there is a high probability that something will go horribly wrong.