If you’re involved in community activism in Milwaukee, it’s likely you’ve met Markasa Tucker.
Tucker is also the chair of the Collaborative Community Committee - a group developed by the Milwaukee Common Council to add community voices to the on-going conversation about improving the relationship between Milwaukeeans and the police force.
Lake Effect's Joy Powers sat down with Tucker to talk about why the Committee was formed and how the community is leading the conversation:
"What we want to do is make sure everyone’s voice is heard," Tucker explains, "but specifically the voice that is usually the most quiet and silenced and/or not brought to the table, and that’s the community."
The Committee plans to go through all of the community responses and recommendations they are gathering, create a report, and share it with the Police and Fire Commission and with the Milwaukee Common Council.
"What we ultimately want," Tucker says, "are police policies to change." The Committee, she says, will work to continue to have the community be a part of this process, keep them engaged, and teach them what it looks like to hold officials accountable.