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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.

A Milwaukee police squad in front of the Municipal Court downtown. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Traffic citations in Milwaukee at five-year low

By: - March 28, 2023

Fewer traffic citations are being issued by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) as compared to past years. A recent TMJ4 investigation found that 33,105 citations were issued in 2022, down from the 71,402 issued in 2017 — a drop by more than half. The 53.6% decrease has been driven by several factors, including a shift […]

Assembly Republicans push crime bills

By: - March 23, 2023

The Assembly took up a package of law enforcement-focused bills during its floor session Wednesday. The bills covered a range of issues including parole, cash bail, reckless driving penalties, firearm possession by felons and creating a new state-level riot law. Introduced by Republican legislators, the bills continue a tough-on-crime push by the GOP. At the […]

Mandela Barnes joins voters and Democratic Party officials at an early voting event. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Mandela Barnes joins Democratic officials in early voting kickoff

By: - March 22, 2023

Former Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Christine Sinicki (D- Milwaukee), Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler and a small group of supporters gathered across the street from the Washington Park Library in Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon to call on Milwaukeeans to take advantage of early voting hours, which started Tuesday. From March 21 until […]

Drug overdose and awareness information in Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republican bill would increase penalties related to overdose

By: - March 21, 2023

A bill crafted by Republican legislators seeks to increase existing penalties for delivering controlled substances which later result in a death. Senate Bill 101, and its counterpart Assembly Bill 68, raise reckless homicide penalties for delivering fatal drugs from 40 years in prison to 60 years. The accused could also be fined up to $100,000, […]

Coyote in the woods

Protesters object to coyote hunts after dog injury

By: - March 21, 2023

Wauwatosa residents have been increasingly speaking out against the trapping of coyotes in the Milwaukee-area suburb. Protests have sprung up in the city in recent weeks, headed by the group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). Local coyotes were blamed after a resident reported that a 50-pound dog, left unattended, had suffered from puncture wounds in late […]

Protesters march toward Wauwatosa as the curfew sets in. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Contradiction raised in Wauwatosa curfew lawsuit ruling

By: - March 17, 2023

A motion was filed in federal court Friday to restore claims that were dismissed in a federal lawsuit filed over the city of Wauwatosa’s handling of protests in 2020. Claims raised by 17 of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs argue that Wauwatosa police Lt. Joseph Roy violated the Drivers License Protection Act (DPPA) by sharing personal information […]

Person examining cannabis plants

Cannabis prohibition costs Wisconsin millions in tax revenue

By: - March 17, 2023

Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) is again calling on the Legislature to legalize cannabis in the state of Wisconsin. Agard points to a recent memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), which found that $36.1 million in Illinois cannabis tax revenues last year came from sales made to Wisconsin residents. Agard has been pushing to […]

Rep. Ryan Clancy (D-Milwaukee) discusses the issues around bail with other elected officials, criminal justice advocates, and others. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Advocates push for evidence-based bail laws in Wisconsin

By: - March 17, 2023

Elected officials and criminal justice advocates gathered in the Assembly parlor on Thursday, pushing back against efforts to create more stringent bail laws. Republican lawmakers have kept a fire burning under the issue of cash bail for over 16 months. An April 4 ballot measure could determine whether the Wisconsin Constitution will be changed to […]

Riot police and National Guard confront protesters in Wauwatosa. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Judge dismisses more claims in Wauwatosa curfew lawsuit; others remain

By: - March 16, 2023

A federal judge has thrown out First Amendment claims raised in a lawsuit over the city of Wauwatosa’s handling of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, while leaving in place other claims, including those relating to the collection by law enforcement officers of personal information about people present during the demonstrations. On Monday, U.S. Magistrate […]

State of the Tribes address covers gaming rights, Line 5 and removing offensive mascots

By: - March 15, 2023

The annual State of the Tribes address was held in the Capitol Tuesday, a two-decades-long tradition that provides  Wisconsin’s indigenous communities with a special platform in the Legislature. Elected members of the state Assembly and Senate attended the address, which was delivered by Robert VanZile, chairman of the Sokaogon Chippewa community in the town of […]

Nasal Narcan, used to reverse an overdose, stock the inside of Milwaukee County's first harm reduction vending machine. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County deploys first harm-reduction vending machine

By: - March 14, 2023

Free-to-use vending machines packed with harm reduction supplies including Narcan, fentanyl testing strips, gun locks, and other supplies have made their way to Milwaukee County. The first of the machines, located at the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center in Milwaukee, was unveiled by county officials Monday morning. The vending machines are just one of […]

The Milwaukee County Sheriff Offices drone in flight. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee sheriff drone flights dropped in 2022

By: - March 13, 2023

Drone flights carried out by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) dropped significantly in 2022. According to a log of drone flights obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner through open records requests, the office flew drones twice last year. That’s a sharp decline from 2021, which saw over 20 drone flight days. The updated flight log […]