The man killed in a car crash involving a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s squad car has been identified as Ceasar Stinson, a 47-year-old community advocate and Milwaukee Public Schools lobbyist.
The medical examiner’s office confirmed his death Monday afternoon.
Stinson was a legislative policy specialist and licensed lobbyist at MPS.
“Our entire community grieves the loss of Mr. Stinson, a man who has made significant contributions to the quality of life in the city of Milwaukee,” Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said in a statement. “We pray that his family is comforted in knowing that his life had an impact on youth in our community. May his memory continue to inspire his family, friends and all who loved him.”
Friends and co-workers said Monday that Stinson spent his life working with other community leaders to improve the lives of the city’s youth.
Walter Lanier, a pastor of the Progressive Baptist Church and the director of community engagement and student resources at MATC said he met Stinson 15 to 20 years ago.
Stinson’s death was disheartening, Lanier said, both for Stinson’s family and for the city.
“I always saw him in the community, building relationships, problem solving, challenging people in productive ways,” he said. “He was a person of depth and contemplation. He was not shallow in any way, and we will need that moving forward: not reactive, not divisive, just pulling people together.”
In 2003, Stinson lost a bid for District 10 alderman, coming in fourth to Milele Coggs, Willie Wade and the winner, Mike McGee.
Paula Wells was his campaign manager.
She said Stinson would show up for Saturday morning community coffee events, helped raise his niece and was a strong advocate for youth during his time at MPS.
“He was a doer, not just a talker; he made sure he was there and rolled up his sleeves,” she said.
At one point, Stinson moved to London, but he returned because he felt there was a need for his work.
“(He had) unwavering loyalty to his community,” she said. “He loved Milwaukee so much that he felt he couldn’t leave it because they need him. I feel like he sacrificed so much of his life for this city.”
Investigation into the accident
In a news release, the sheriff’s office said the deputy that was involved in the crash has been put on administrative leave and the office will conduct an internal review of the incident, which is “a process entirely distinct from the ongoing police investigation.”
Sgt. Sheronda Grant, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Police Department, said the Milwaukee police are the lead investigators in the crash but could not provide any more information Monday.
At a news conference Saturday, Lucas described the incident as “tragic” and “unfortunate” and said the sheriff’s deputy was in stable condition.
Lucas said the deputy was traveling north on North 10th Street at 11:14 a.m. when he collided with a westbound car on West State Street, causing the car to turn on its side.
Stinson was in the car and was unable to be revived, despite efforts from the Milwaukee Fire Department. A female passenger in his car was injured.
The deputy was not involved in any police actions, such as a pursuit or attempt to stop the vehicle at the time of the crash, Lucas said.
Stinson is survived by his wife, Chipo; his daughter, Cearra; his niece, Mia; and his sister, Joyce.
A tribute for Stinson is expected Monday night during the Real Men Real Talk session at Gee’s Clippers, 2200 N. Martin Luther King Drive. The event is from 5-7:30 p.m. and the tribute is expected to occur around 6:30 p.m.
Ricardo Torres of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
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