MILWAUKEE, WI – Bernell Trammell, 60 years old, was a local business owner and fixture in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee. Trammell owned Xpressions Publications and was known to stand out front of his shop holding handmade signs urging people to vote for President Trump.
He was also known to be friendly and approachable, often talking to people about their lives, history, and religion. Wisdom Prometheus Grey, a local artist and friend of Trammell, described him as being selfless.
Which makes what happened on Thursday, July 23rd so shocking.
In broad daylight, just before 1 pm, Bernell Trammell, was shot and killed while standing on the sidewalk, like a dog, and left to die alone.
Sadly nothing will happen. Republicans have been threatening to put bad guys in jail for the past four years and have done absolutely nothing. Zero. Nothing. They are just weak sisters. That’s all they are. They couldn’t even keep Avenatti in jail. https://t.co/OUBg7snEdO
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 25, 2020
Earlier this week, friends of Trammell stood around the building where he was killed and shared stories of his life.
All seemed to remember him as a good man, teacher, and a friend to all who may have needed his help. One woman, Janette, according to MSN, said that she would meet up with Trammell and they would spend time together, walking and talking about philosophy and religion.
The walks were helpful as she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and the exercise helped her to strengthen her muscles. Janette said that Trammell would often tell her to speak up about her beliefs, something he emulated.
RUCKER: CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, NYT all silent about Bernell Trammell’s executionhttps://t.co/bTiLkxXsTl
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 26, 2020
“Now that he’s not here, I have no choice but to use my voice.”
Adebisi Agoro, a blogger in the area, had just spoken with Trammell a few hours before he was shot and killed.
Agoro told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“He’s like a Milwaukee character.”
He spoke about the signs that Trammell had in his shop which ranged from supporting Black Lives Matter to President Trump and his reelection bid.
“He was a positive guy. I didn’t see him being mean or violent at all toward anybody while he was outside with his signs. He’d be on his bike. I’d see him pretty much daily.”
“’I believe that Trump is the sign of the times,’ Trammell said in the clip, adding that Trump’s respect for rapper Kanye West and former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman made him a worthy candidate.”
Bernell Trammell; his life mattered pic.twitter.com/roOF3Jtz5V
— Dfhappy (@dfhappy) July 26, 2020
A woman who did not wish to be identified spoke to a person from Newstalk 1130 recently. The woman said:
“I had an interaction with him last Saturday across the street from Walmart on Capitol Drive. It was the second time I had seen him with his Trump sign and I pulled my car over to chat with him. What a nice, friendly man! We chatted for several minutes, and I told him I was proud of him and he’s very brave to put himself out there so visibly as a Trump supporter!”
The director of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention, Reggie Moore, said that he had recently encountered Trammell and a younger man in some type of argument.
Although he is not certain, he believed that the argument was over Trammell’s support of President Trump.
Bernell Trammell an activist known for carrying handmade signs through the streets reading “Vote Donald Trump 2020,” & posting them on his storefront, was gunned down on his sidewalk Thursday afternoon.
— Jay-Juan Shakur Jones (@iamjayshakur) July 26, 2020
Moore said of Trammell:
“He’s a black elder who did not deserve to die the way that he did.”
The Chairman of the Republican Party in Wisconsin, Andrew Hitt, requested federal prosecutors to review and accept the case.
“Because of Trammell’s well known political activism and the possibility that his murder could be politically motivated, I respectfully request that the United States Attorney Matthew Krueger open an investigation into this heinous crime.
“No American should fear for their personal safety because of where they live or their political affiliation.”
Hitt also commented:
“This is personal.
“This is going to be a motivating factor for us as we organize in central Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. I think it will give folks in the black community who support the president’s message more resolve and more determination than ever.”
Milwaukee police have not released any details of the investigation, which is normal, especially in a homicide investigation. That does not mean that they do not know who did it or have an idea, it just means that they are keeping information close so as not to taint any criminal investigation.
Milwaukee Police Department wants anyone with any information to contact Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414 224-TIPS.
Trammell’s killing could have occurred for many different reasons and may not have anything to do with President Trump.
However, it is logical, given today’s climate, to think that someone could become volatile with Trammell over his belief that President Trump should be reelected, given that the seemingly random shooting murder took place just hours after his on-camera pro-Trump interview.
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We recently told you about another person suffering from his pro-Trump stance, although this man paid for his beliefs with his job rather than his life.
Here’s that story again in case you missed it.
Former Walled Lake Western High School teacher and coach, Justin Kucera, was fired recently fired, he believes, after tweeting out a positive President Trump message.
The tweet said:
“I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president. Don’t @me.”
His tweet, according to the Detroit News, received more than 10,000 likes and almost 2,000 replies. One of those replies was negative towards the President, as well as Kucera himself.
The reports say that @CoachKWLW Justin Kucera was fired from his teaching job for tweeting "@realDonaldTrump is our president," but I disagree. I think he was convicted of COURAGE with the words, "I'm done being silent." pic.twitter.com/44dxJpOsVt
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) July 23, 2020
Kucera responded with a now deleted tweet, saying:
“Liberals suck man.”
Apparently, according to Kucera, informing his followers that the duly elected President of the United States, is, in fact, Donald Trump, is something that he should not have done. And now he’s paying for it with his job.
I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president ❌🧢
Don’t @ me
— Coach Kucera (@CoachKWLW) July 7, 2020
Kucera alleges that a few days after his tweet, he was summed to a virtual meeting with administrators from the school. During this meeting, he was questioned on the tweet regarding President Trump.
Kucera said that his tweet was meant only to be unifying given the turbulent atmosphere the country is currently facing.
He told the Free Beacon:
“I know a lot of people are just rooting for Trump to fail, and I don’t think that anybody should do that. Agree with him or not, you should want the president to do well. I apologized that [my tweet] brought so much negative attention, but I’m not sorry for what I said.”
On a follow up meeting, Kucera said that he was told by school officials, because of the tweet, that he needed to resign or face termination. When he refused to resign, they informed him that he was terminated effective on July 17th.
— Kristie Rust (@kristierust) July 23, 2020
The Agency which oversees the school district in that area, Oakland Schools, flatly denied that the termination was due to Kucera’s support of President Trump and that they could not specifically comment on discipline or personnel matters.
The spokeswoman, Judy Evola, told the Detroit News:
“No disciplinary action was taken as a result of any support of President Trump.”
They added that they value and expect teachers and staff to do “critical thinking, positive discourse” and engage in “community discussion.”
As long as, it seems, it is in line with their own thinking.
“These are difficult times in our community and across our country. When issues arise, there’s a temptation to view items through the lens of our fractured political discourse. Walled Lake encourages students and staff members to engage each other with mutual respect and civility.”
It would be logical for someone to deduce from her comments that announcing to the world what they already know- that Donald Trump is the President- somehow led to disrespect and lack of civility.
Students and athletes that Kucera has coached over his time in the school have said that he is a good teacher and always presented himself as apolitical.
Absolutely disgusting. Bet he's a great teacher. His mistake was not cheering 4 Biden, liberals. If he'd done that, he'd still have a job. Yeah, that's what they teach kids in Walled Lake, #Michigan today. So sad https://t.co/Vjhyblwofa #JustinKucera Justin Kucera #MAGA #Trump
— Debbie Schlussel (@bitchitsdebbie) July 22, 2020
A recent graduate of the school, Bryan Hixson, told the Free Beacon:
“Prior to Mr. Kucera’s tweet, I cannot recall an instance where he shared his political affiliations while teaching or coaching. My political views have no impact on how I feel towards Mr. Kucera.
“Mr. Kucera has always been supportive of me as my AP world history and student leadership teacher and as my baseball and basketball coach.”
The question that comes out of all of this is who is telling the truth? Kucera or the school board?
One would tend to think if Kucera is lying completely, that the school would move forward with a public explanation as to the reason of the termination without expounding on details.
Since the school board has refused to give any explanation as to the cause of the termination, people will likely be less inclined to believe what the school is saying, relying only Kucera’s account. His account, of course, is that he was fired for a tweet that he made.
This situation begs the question: If someone made a tweet against President Trump, would they be terminated as well?
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