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WEST ALLIS, Wis. – To our Two Americas series, where a West Allis family says the hate came straight to their doorstep.
Disturbing notes were left behind. One of them said “…go back to the north side [expletive].”
Since February, Reginald Wilkerson says he and his family have walked out of their homes to find their flat tires, smashed windows and graphic notes left behind.
He says this has happened five times in recent weeks.
“My daughter had to go somewhere else,” Wilkerson said. “It’s sick to know that someone is watching you so much.”
Wilkerson says he contacted the FBI and gave them those notes to investigate this as a possible hate crime. “They actually took him to another area with the FBI and started doing a search, trying to catch the guy with a fingerprint or a girl’s fingerprint. Whoever it is,” said said Wilkerson.
The FBI office in Milwaukee told TMJ4 News that more than 70 hate crimes have been reported so far this year. The Wilkersons now have cameras, hoping to catch who’s responsible.
“I just want to make sure the next person doesn’t have to go through this stuff. You don’t have to spend any money [on cameras] because someone has an opinion on your color. This should not be tolerated. It’s not okay.”
We contacted the FBI and got no response. West Allis Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher sent us this response about the investigation: “The matter is still under investigation, but I have no updates to share at this time. The first incident was reported to WAPD on 4/2/22, there was no delay in reporting the incidents to law enforcement.”
YOU CAN REPORT HATE CRIMES TO THE FBI BY CALLING 1 (800) CALL-FBI OR SUBMIT TIPS AT TIPS.FBI.GOV.
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