|What will it take for the chasm to be crossed?|
Published in 1990, Geoffrey Moore's "Crossing the Chasm" discusses the differences between technology entrepreneurs and those who embrace the latest innovations in the marketplace.
He breaks them down as:
- Early Adopters
- Early Majority
- Late Majority
|Only one other city quantifies the reality of black crime better than Milwaukee... stay tuned for the answer|
As she stood Wednesday morning in front of the microphone in the basement of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pamela Collins was struggling to maintain her composure.
In September 2010, her daughter, Rosalind Ross, 30, was shot and killed in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant near N. 62nd St. and W. Silver Spring Drive.
Ross was a skilled basketball player who starred at Milwaukee Tech and the University of Oklahoma.
Collins was speaking to faith leaders from around the city. The pastors, ministers, priests and other religious leaders had gathered at the church, 3022 W. Wisconsin Ave., to talk about gun violence and to hear from Mayor Tom Barrett, Police Chief Edward Flynn and County Executive Chris Abele.
But it was Collins who got their attention.
As a mayoral aide stood next to her for support, Collins urged the ministers to advocate for sensible gun laws.
She said her daughter was murdered in a "senseless act that changed me and my family's lives."
"She was a very spiritual woman," Collins said of her daughter. "I miss her and love her so much."
And then Collins closed with a succinct Bible verse: Hebrews 13:1: "Let there be brotherly love. Let it continue."
Mayor calls meeting
Barrett brought the ministers together to urge them to talk about nonviolence this Sunday at their pulpits. Barrett spoke of hope, but he also spoke of the reality of homicide in Milwaukee.
So far this year, he said, there have been 26 homicides in the city. Of those 26 victims, 20 were African-American. Three were white, and three were Latino.
He said there had been 145 nonfatal shootings so far — 132 of them involving African-Americans.
Records maintained by the city's Homicide Review Commission are slightly different than what the mayor indicated. They show 25 homicides in the city through Tuesday, down eight from the same point last year. The records also indicate there have been 146 nonfatal shootings this year through Tuesday, down one from last year.
Barrett called on the ministers and pastors to work with police and community groups to reduce violence.
"I am convinced we can have those numbers go down," Barrett said.
Barrett calls his appeal to pastors his "Ceasefire Sabbath." He said it was his hope that faith communities around the city will get involved in violence prevention activities throughout this weekend and for the remainder of the year.
"We can do this," he said. "More important, we have to do this."
Hours after Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett teamed up with church leaders to preach a message of peace for the annual “Ceasefire Sabbath,” Milwaukee police responded to three shootings.
One of Mayor Barrett’s stops Sunday was the Mason Temple near 35th and Florist. Pastor Osie Tatum Jr. reacted Monday to news of three shootings on the Ceasefire Sabbath.
“It hurts me deeply to know that in the very same hour that we’re here talking about ceasefire, talking about peace, that we’ve yet got people out in the community doing violent things,” Tatum Jr. said.
The ShotSpotter technology is, like Jimmy John's, freaky fast. When a shot is fired, the sensor sends the information to Newark, Calif., where ShotSpotter has its headquarters. Analysts working around the clock listen and make a determination in seconds. The information is forwarded to police communications and squad cars equipped with ShotSpotter software.
Police can get to the scene within minutes. And the technology is accurate to a radius of 85 feet.
Officer Matt Staedler, who works days, recalled one time ShotSpotter alerted him to an address where gunfire was detected.
"I showed up and the guy was still shooting," Staedler said.
Other officers swear they can get to the scene and still smell the gunpowder in the air.
"When you get the address, you are almost certain to encounter an armed gunman," Officer Michael Driscoll said.
In one incident he was involved in, a drunken man was shooting out of his home. Children were in the same room where he was shooting.
"The technology took us right to him," he said. "He was just shooting out the window. It was intense to say the least."
The department this year budgeted $140,000 for the ShotSpotter program; it covers a 3-square-mile area. Police do not disclose where the sensors are.
For those paying attention, the odds are a lot of people in the greater Milwaukee area are candidates for crossing the chasm soon.