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1 Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission Restorative Justice Conference Marquette University Presenter: Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D. November 11, 2008

2 Outline Overview of the MHRC Overview of the MHRC Mock Homicide Review Mock Homicide Review Social Factors Social Factors Homicide Data for the City of Milwaukee Homicide Data for the City of Milwaukee Opportunity for Questions Opportunity for Questions

3 Developed In Collaboration with: Milwaukee Police Department Mayor Barrett’s Office Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

4 Goals of the MHRC To better understand the nature of homicide through comprehensive information sharingTo better understand the nature of homicide through comprehensive information sharing To develop innovative responsesTo develop innovative responses To strategically focus limited enforcement and intervention activities on identifiable risksTo strategically focus limited enforcement and intervention activities on identifiable risks

5 Overview of the MHRC A multi-level, multi-agency homicide review processA multi-level, multi-agency homicide review process Focused on addressing Milwaukee’s ongoing problem with lethal violenceFocused on addressing Milwaukee’s ongoing problem with lethal violence Draws on both the criminal justice model of crime incident review and the public health model of death reviewDraws on both the criminal justice model of crime incident review and the public health model of death review

6 Multi-level Review Process –Immediate Response –Criminal Justice Review –Community Service Provider Review –Community Meetings

7 Criminal Justice Review Milwaukee Police Department City Attorney’s Office District Attorney’s Office Medical Examiner’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program Milwaukee Housing Authority Milwaukee Public Schools Public Safety Division Delinquency and Court Services Division Office of the Chief Judge US Marshal Service WI Department of Corrections (Adult and Juvenile) US Attorney’s Office US Drug Enforcement Agency Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement WI Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation

8 Community Service Provider Review Representatives: - Project Ujima and Partners –Milwaukee Public Schools –Department of Neighborhood Services –CDBG Coordinating Agencies –Community Partners –Youth community service providers –Department of Justice, Crime Victim Services –District Attorney’s office, Community Prosecution Unit –Milwaukee Police Department, Community Liaison Officers –Safe Streets community coordinators

9 Community Meeting Open to all interested members of the community Semi-annual “Community Meetings” at the district or neighborhood level Lead by MHRC staff with members from Levels 1-3 reviews Provide aggregate information to the community on homicides occurring in the area Provide information on interventions developed and implemented by police and community groups in response to reviews at Levels 1-3

10 M4479 HOMICIDE # 79 District 2 District 2 Thursday September 14, :15am 929 W. Bruce St.

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12 SCENE PHOTOS Scene: 929 W. Bruce St. (Alley) Fresh broken glass discovered matching victims’ vehicle.

13 SCENE PHOTOS St Luke’s hospital Recovered items of clothing, blood, broken glass, and a single casing. Victim’s vehicle

14 HOMICIDE VICTIM Gonzalez, Gualberto H/M 09/19/70 (35) 1438 S. 9 th St. GSW– right eye (bullet lodged in brain) Victim and non fatal victim live together and have one child. Suspect had come to the victim’s residence to talk about purchasing a vehicle. Suspect stated he didn’t have the money with him and needed to go somewhere to pick it up. Suspect told victim to follow him to this location. Victims’ follow the suspect around various areas for 10 – 15 minutes. Victim is the driver and VELAZQUEZ is in the passenger seat of their vehicle.

15 NON FATAL VICTIM Velazquez, Johanna H/F 02/07/82 (24) 1434 S. 9 th St. GSW- left arm & top of head causing skull fracture Suspect stops in the alley and approaches the victim’s vehicle. Suspect begins to joke with the victim, at which time the victim states “what do you want to do about the car?” Suspect then points a gun at victim and states “you know what I’m going to do.” Suspect then fires two shots at each victim. VELAZQUEZ pretends to be dead until she hears suspect leave. VELAZQUEZ sits on top of victim and drives to the hospital.

16 SUSPECT Richard, Matthew N. B/M 04/24/77 (29) 9325 W. Allyn St. Suspect refused to make any statements regarding the incident.

17 STATUS - CLEARED Charges: 2 counts of 1 st -Degree Intentional Homicide Felon Possess Firearm Sentenced: Life in prison Richard, Matthew

18 What do you know about this case? SUSPECT HOMICIDE VICTIM Victim Associates of the victim Victim part of a group of active offenders? Social history Suspect(s) / offender(s) Associates of suspect(s) / offender(s) Suspect(s) part of a group of active offenders? Social history Relationship between victim and suspect(s) / offender(s) Location of the event Drug or gang involvement Relationship to other crimes Motive NON FATAL VICTIM Richard, Matthew N. Velazquez, Johanna Gonzalez, Gualberto

19 AGENCIES District Captains Community Liaison Officers Anti-Gang Unit Vice Control Intelligence Division Probation/Parole ATF Crisis Response Unit Community Prosecutors Medical Examiner HIDTA FBI US Attorney’s Office US Marshal MPS District Attorney Housing Authority

20 Do we have all of the information we need? What placed the victim/suspects at risk? Were there gaps or barriers in investigations or service delivery? PREVENTION

21 RECOMMENDATIONS Improved investigations/service delivery Changes in agency policy/practice Local ordinance or state legislation Community prevention initiatives

22 Trend Data from Milwaukee Trends in Homicide Data from the City of Milwaukee

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28 Social Factors Involved in Violent Crime

29 Percent of the Population Living in Poverty

30 Percent of Population who are High School Graduates

31 Percent of Households Headed by a Female

32 Percent of Properties that are Owner Occupied Units

33 Questions? Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (414) More information available at:


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