As Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels was about to give a press conference in Milwaukee on Thursday, a man broke in and attempted to steal a car across the street .
News teams were setting up in preparation for Michels’ 10 a m briefing Thursday, where he received an endorsement from the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association, when a black SUV pulled up next to a white Kia sedan, according to surveillance video obtained by FOX6 News Milwaukee. A man got out and smashed the window of the adjacent vehicle and appeared to attempt to steal it. A brick was found in the passenger seat of the Kia later Fox 6 reported.
The man jumped out of the car window headfirst, turned on the engine, turned on the windshield wipers, and backed the car up until it stopped. About a minute and a half later, the black SUV turned around. The man casually got out of the Kia and walked towards the SUV, fleeing the area, the video shows. Michels told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night that criminals, in her observations, tend to target Kias because they’re “easy to hot-plug them.”
Michels ran as a tough-on-crime candidate and accused his opponent, incumbent Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, of weak leadership and lax law enforcement that fueled lawlessness in Milwaukee.
“Midday, people everywhere, crime in Milwaukee needs to stop. That’s what happens when you have weak leadership like Governor Evers and Mandela Barnes,” Michels said in a video statement after his presser. “The bad guys, they are so emboldened. They say, “I don’t care if there are cameras, people, future governors”, whatever; they’ll get away with it.
Shootings and homicides have increased in Milwaukee this year. It is seeing the largest increase in shootings in the country, according to a midyear analysis of 24 major cities by the nonprofit Council on Criminal Justice.
“We are definitely going in the wrong direction. We take this very seriously,” Milwaukee Deputy Police Chief Paul Formolo told Time magazine last week of the spike in crime. “We started to see this rapid increase right at the start of COVID, and I think what we’re seeing now is some of the residuals of that.”