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Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.

Potawatomi chairman delivers State of the Tribes Address

By: - February 23, 2024

“Hello to all my relatives,” said Forest County Potawatomi Chairman James Crawford, whose Native name means “Thunderbird that watches over and protects us,” as he greeted the audience assembled for Thursday’s State of the Tribes address to the Wisconsin Legislature. “It’s an honor, and a privilege to be speaking before you today,” said Crawford, thanking […]

Activists and the family of Jacob Albright gather in Kenosha to hold a rally and spread awareness of his death in the custody of local police. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Pleasant Prairie officers violated policy in Albright arrest

By: - February 23, 2024

The Pleasant Prairie Police Department found that officers had violated policies related to searches after they arrested Jacob Albright for weapons charges in July 2023. Police say that Albright shot himself while under arrest with a firearm they hadn’t discovered on him before they transported him to the local jail. The shot was fired while […]

Xylazine testing strip bill passes Assembly

By: - February 22, 2024

A bill to legalize testing strips for xylazine, a powerful tranquilizer that has been showing up in  cities, towns and villages across the state, passed the state Assembly Wednesday on a voice vote. Like fentanyl testing strips, tests for xylazine are considered drug paraphernalia under current Wisconsin law. By working to reverse that, lawmakers hope […]

A crowd gathers at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society to discuss voting rights and access. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Voting rights advocates call for removal of Election Commissioner Spindell

By: - February 20, 2024

Voting rights advocates gathered at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society in Milwaukee on Monday night, calling for the resignation of Robert Spindell, a conservative member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Controversy has lingered around Spindell who, after the 2022 election, celebrated a decline in turnout in the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods as a benefit […]

The Wisconsin State Capitol Building at night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republican bill to limit John Doe law passes Senate and Assembly

By: - February 15, 2024

Republican legislation designed to restrict the ability of courts to issue criminal complaints under the state’s John Doe law passed in the Assembly and Senate this week. Republican supporters of the bills argue they’re needed to protect police officers from having use-of-force cases reviewed after a district attorney has already found an officer acted in […]

Wrongful death lawsuit filed by family of man who died by suicide in Waupun prison

By: and - February 7, 2024

The family of a man who died by suicide in Waupun prison last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) in federal court Tuesday. The suit alleges that prison staff showed a “deliberate indifference” to the man’s mental health needs while he was incarcerated.  Last April, as the department […]

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Milwaukee officials, climate advocates praise clean energy, efficiency investments

By: - February 6, 2024

Current and former elected officials joined residents, workers union members and climate organizers in Milwaukee County on Friday to raise awareness about new pathways now open to homeowners to access clean and renewable energy. Mayor Cavalier Johnson joined County Executive David Crowley, former Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Green Homeowners United (GHU) union worker Warren Kirby, […]

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republican bill to end John Doe proceedings passes Senate committee

By: - February 5, 2024

A proposed Republican bill designed to prevent families of people killed by police from having their cases reviewed under the state’s John Doe statute has moved forward in the state Senate. The bill (SB-517), if signed into law, would prevent “John Doe” cases in which a judge can review police shootings that had previously been […]

The Milwaukee County Courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee PD employee’s crisis shines a light on mental health, criminal justice system failings

By: - January 18, 2024

Ashley Peck, a 911 dispatcher employed by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), sat beside her attorney, waiting anxiously for a judge to call her name. Peck was in court on Jan. 4 charged with felony injury to a police officer that occurred when she suffered a mental health crisis on Oct. 23, biting an officer […]

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republican John Doe bill praised by police, criticized by advocates for police victims

By: - January 12, 2024

A Thursday legislative hearing brought together Republican lawmakers and pro-police lobbying organizations to argue that officers have been persecuted by activists, attorneys, and vengeful families pursuing vendettas. “This bill – as it’s been called the ‘John Doe bill’ – really is intended to end the baseless investigations meant to harass police officers who are involved […]

ACLU seeks more info on book bans from school districts

By: - January 11, 2024

Nationwide, efforts to purge classrooms and libraries of certain books have opened deep fissures within communities. In Wisconsin, the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been monitoring book bans, filing open records requests with six state school districts. The goal of the requests is to learn more about the reasons used […]

The Milwaukee Police Administration Building in downtown Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

MPS under pressure to return cops to schools

By: - January 8, 2024

Among the most controversial results of the shared revenue deal struck between political leaders in Milwaukee, the Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers was the mandatory return of School Resource Officers (SRO’s) to the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system. In 2020, the school board voted to discontinue a contract between the MPS and the Milwaukee Police […]