Milwaukee alderman will draft a resolution to keep guns out of subcontractors' hands on work sites – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Ald. Bob Donovan debates the issue of workers carrying guns in the city at Milwaukee City Hall on Wednesday.

A photo shared on Facebook appears to show three subcontractor employees at a City of Milwaukee work site openly brandishing guns.(Photo: Milwaukee Common Council)

In the aftermath of a controversial photo posted on social media, Milwaukee Ald. Russell Stamper II said Wednesday he will offer a resolution that will ensure that subcontractors will not carry guns on work sites.

He said the resolution would also make it easier for the city to terminate contracts with companies that violate that policy; ensure that subcontractors wear their own clearly identifiable uniforms; and give aldermen the right to refuse to do business with certain subcontractors.

Stamper’s resolution comes after three white, city-hired subcontractors with American Sewer Services out of Hartford were shown in a photo brandishing guns while on a work site near N. 19th St. and W. Meinecke Ave. The photo was shared on Facebook over the weekend.

The incident occurred within a block of Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School, Stamper said.

The photo, which went viral, showed two of the workers had holstered weapons on their belts, while a third had a gun in his hand. The worker in the photo who had the gun out was fired. The other two workers seen in the photo were suspended. No discipline was issued against the employee who took the photo, said Ghassan Korban, the city commissioner of public works.

Korban said the photo was taken Nov, 30. The workers did not have any confrontations with residents in the neighborhood, and he believes that the photo was placed on social media to be funny.

When Ald. Milele Coggs saw the photo on Facebook Sunday, she

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