Tire slashing update

On Tuesday we noted that thirty vans rented by the Republican Party in Milwaukee to drive voters to the polls had been disabled by having their tires slashed. It appears that the Milwaukee police are making some progress investigating the case. Several readers have sent us the link to yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story by Cary Spivak and Dan Bice (registration required): “Tire slashing questions await Democrats’ sons.” The whole story is of interest; here are the first four paragraphs:

The investigation has already led to the Tuesday arrest of Opel E. Simmons III, a veteran party activist from Virginia in town to work on John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Simmons, 33, was released Thursday afternoon without being charged.
Sources told us that police, who are being assisted by the FBI, plan to speak to Michael Pratt, son of former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt, and Supreme Solar Allah, the son of state Sen. Gwen Moore, who won a seat in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. Allah’s given name is Sowande Omokunde, and he lives in Moore’s north side home, according to her campaign finance reports.
Officials declined to say what role the two sons might have played in the incident or what they might know about it. But numerous police sources made it clear that detectives from the police intelligence division want to quiz them soon.

Stay tuned.

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