Project Milwaukee
5:39 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

Societal Causes of Milwaukee Gangs

Graffiti marks the death of a gang member on the near north side of Milwaukee.
Graffiti marks the death of a gang member on the near north side of Milwaukee.

In some dangerous neighborhoods of Milwaukee, it seems as if there's a roadside memorial every other block. The stuffed animals, votive candles, photos, and bottles of liquor are left at a tree, in honor of someone who died of gang violence. Often the victims and perpetrators of gang crimes are teenagers. Experts say that's a sharp contrast to 30 years ago, when gangs were almost non-existent here.

Members of the East Side Mafioso gang use spray paint to claim territory.
Members of the East Side Mafioso gang use spray paint to claim territory.