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Milwaukee August murders most in any month since 2005

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Twenty people were murdered in Milwaukee in August, the most in any month since 2005. 

Police recorded 29 total homicides the past two months. Almost a-third of them happened after fights and arguments. 

Police Chief Ed Flynn says people often bring guns to those disputes and, "We end up with a dead body." 

Domestic violence accounted for almost a quarter of Milwaukee's slayings in July and August. 

Almost 4 of every 5 murder victims were black. All but six of the 29 victims were men, and 23 had previous arrests for various offenses. 

Flynn gave his report Thursday to the city's Fire and Police Commission.

The panel also approved the chief's new policies on handling deaths in police custody. 

Among other things, prisoners treated at medical facilities would be sent to the Milwaukee County Jail instead of the city lockup. That way, they'd have more access to medical care.