Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Last week we broke the news that the Milwaukee Police Department was seeking Common Council approval to be featured on the long-running A&E docuseries The First 48. “We believe participation in the show will highlight the positive relationship between the community and the Milwaukee Police Department necessary to ensure justice for those who lost loved ones as a result of homicide,” MPD told us. A Public Safety and Health Committee meeting was set for Thursday to discuss a resolution giving the green light to the arrangement.
Aaaand, it didn’t go the way MPD was hoping. Thursday’s meeting featured more than an hour of discussion and public testimony—almost all of it skeptical and/or negative. Ald. Khalif Rainey likened The First 48 to “trauma porn,” and continually grilled MPD representatives and First 48 producer Erin McCarthy about claims that the show improves police departments’ homicide clearance rates. Camille Mayes, the mother of a homicide victim, spoke about the pain caused by shows like The First 48. State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff called in to voice his opposition. The controversy caused by a 2017 BBC documentary, Dark States: Murder In Milwaukee, was repeatedly invoked.
“I used to watch The First 48 all the time, but it actually got to the point that it traumatized me,” Rainey said. “I just don’t think that this is the face that we want to project to the rest of the world.”
Ald. Mark Borkowski, who sponsored the original resolution, seemed newly skeptical himself, and recommended the matter be held for further discussion. That motion was denied, however, and the committee decided to place the matter on file for a full Common Council vote, recommending that the Common Council reject it. So there you go. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Need proof that we’re slowing getting back to some sense of normalcy? Those gosh darn electric scooters may be coming back to Milwaukee! And they’re coming complete with all the gosh darn controversy, all the gosh darn meetings, and all the gosh darn studies and consultants that you knew and loved from 2019! [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Speaking of electric scooters, how about electric buses? Nova Bus will produce up to 15 all-electric LFSe+ buses for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). Eleven of the buses will run on the upcoming East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, while four will run on regular routes. The buses can operate for 247 miles on a single charge. [MCTS]
• New Motel Breakfast album! It’s called Irish All The Same, and it’s recommended that you “play this album in order at a loud volume while consuming Irish spirits with friends and family.” [Bandcamp]
• Chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of wildly successful/delicious restaurant DanDan are opening a new joint: Fool’s Errand. The restaurant will focus on “indulgent comfort food” like “a BLT made with thick house pork belly, steak Diane, matzo ball soup, chicken liver toast, a patty melt, potato pierogies, and fried chicken.” Fool’s Errand will open April 1 in the former Fauntleroy space, 316 N. Milwaukee St., which the Dans closed in July 2020. [Milwaukee Magazine]
• A new Jamaican bar/restaurant, Yardies, is coming to 2679 N. 30th St., a.k.a. the former Brazillionaires Lounge. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A new hot dog stand/food truck, Riley’s Good Dogs, is now open at 1652 N. Water St., a.k.a. the former Moto-Scoot scooter shop where I once took my ’79 Vespa Ciao and they totally brought it back from the dead. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The Lux Domes on the roof of Café Benelux have a new outdoor-bubble-dining partner: the VIP Lux Chalet. [OnMilwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!