Milwaukee rally calls for safer working conditions after teen’s death

Nearly 100 people gathered Wednesday outside the Burger King where 16-year-old Niesha Harris-Brazell was killed to demand safer working conditions in the fast-food industry.

Cooks and cashiers just like Harris-Brazell joined various elected officials and organizers of Fight for 15, a national campaign advocating for a $15 minimum wage, to demand more safety precautions for those in the industry.

“Our community can’t be a community with violence in the workplace,” said state Rep. David Bowen, a Democrat from Milwaukee.

Harris-Brazell was shot and killed Jan. 2 during a robbery at the Burger King, 5120 W. Capitol Drive. It’s unclear exactly how Harris-Brazell came to be shot, but it appears she may have been struck by gunfire either from the suspect or a coworker who opened fire with a gun he was barred from possessing.

More:Police arrest robbery suspect connected with shooting death of Niesha Harris-Brazell at a Burger King

Niesha N. Harris-Brazell

“We shouldn’t be standing here today for a 16-year-old who was hurt in the workplace,” said County Board Supervisor Sequanna Taylor.

Organizers of Wednesday’s rally pointed to news coverage of three other similar incidents of fatal violence across the nation in the week since Harris-Brazell’s death. Fast-food employees were reported shot and killed in incidents in Ohio, California and New York between Jan. 6 and 10.

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