Every city has its local soapbox characters — the people known for standing on street corners, espousing causes in a colorful way.
You may like or hate what they’re espousing, but if they’re not being objectively confrontational in an offensive way (looking at you, Black Hebrew Israelites), they add harmless local flavor.
If you’re a Milwaukee resident who spent some time around the Riverwest neighborhood, Bernell Trammell was one of those characters. He was known for his political and religious signage, as well as his willingness to engage with the man on the street.
The 60-year-old was an ardent backer of President Donald Trump and an outspoken believer in Rastafarianism. He was also, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and of Lena Taylor, a progressive who ran for Milwaukee mayor.
Trammell is now dead — shot in broad daylight on July 23. Now, many who knew him wonder if it was