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Walker talks public safety with Milwaukee authorities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is meeting with Milwaukee authorities to discuss public safety issues.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor met with Milwaukee aldermen and the Milwaukee police and firefighter union presidents in the state Capitol on Friday. Milwaukee Police spokesman Tim Gauerke said police Chief Ed Flynn also attended.

A neighborhood on the city’s northwest side erupted in violence Saturday and Sunday nights after a police officer shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith.

Evenson said Friday’s meeting had been scheduled several weeks ago but the group did discuss the unrest. He declined to say whether any strategies emerged from the meeting, calling it the beginning of a conversation.

Gauerke referred questions to Walker’s office. The union presidents didn’t immediately return phone messages.

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