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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.

Kenosha police squads. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Internal investigation follows Kenosha PD arrest of wrong man

By: - August 11, 2023

An arrest made by police officers in late July is now the subject of a Kenosha Police Department internal investigation in response to video of the incident that circulated showing officers holding and striking the man on the ground after taking a crying infant from his arms. Officers were pursuing a man believed to be […]

Members of the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU) join other Milwaukee residents in a protest calling for a freeze to rents and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee landlord Berrada sues Tenants Union for defamation

By: - August 10, 2023

One of Milwaukee’s biggest landlords is suing a local group of housing and tenants rights activists for defamation. Youssef “Joe” Berrada, who runs companies that  own an estimated 8,000 Milwaukee-area rental units, is seeking damages against the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU), after its members protested and made social media posts following a fire at […]

Members of the press trying the county's first harm reduction vending machine in March, 2023. (Photo | Isiah Homes)

11 overdose reduction vending machines deployed in Milwaukee

By: - August 8, 2023

A total of 11 free-to-use harm reduction vending machines have been deployed in Milwaukee County, officials have announced. Dispensing fentanyl testing strips, nasal naloxone, medication deactivation pouches, medication lock bags and other supplies, local authorities hope the vending machines will help to curb harms caused by a crisis of drug overdoses. Last year, there were […]

wolf hunt

DNR releases revised wolf management plan

By: - August 2, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a new wolf management plan on Tuesday that has been in development since early 2021. The plan, which will be taken up by the Natural Resources Board on Oct. 25, aims to “ensure a healthy and sustainable wolf population that fulfills the numerous ecological, cultural, and recreational benefits […]

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)

Kenosha man’s family protests alleged in-custody suicide

By: - August 1, 2023

Beneath a hot sun beaming down from blue skies Saturday morning, the family of Jacob Albright joined allies and community members on the steps of the Kenosha County Courthouse. A week before, they’d learned that Albright died while in the custody of police officers transporting him to the Kenosha County Jail. Questions have grown since […]

Voces de la Frontera

Republican wiretap bill again raises concerns about privacy, overreach

By: - July 28, 2023

Republican lawmakers have again introduced a bill to expand how wiretapping devices such as pen registers or trap and trace devices are defined under law. A pen register is intended to collect information from a target phone, such as the phone numbers of outgoing or incoming calls, without eavesdropping on the call’s content or conversation. […]

The Federal Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

West Allis man sentenced to 30 months for racist harassment

By: - July 25, 2023

A man from the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to intimidate Black residents out of the neighborhood. The acts by William McDonald, 45, date back to March 2021 when according to a federal criminal complaint he vandalized a Black woman’s car and left  racist notes […]

Milwaukee County officials gather in West Allis to announce Wisconsin's first field Buprenorphine program to help treat opioid use disorder. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

West Allis first to try new opioid treatment strategy

By: - July 19, 2023

A new overdose-focused harm reduction program is set to hit the streets in West Allis, a small city in the greater Milwaukee area. Under the initiative, people who’ve experienced an overdose may be offered the medication Buprenorphine by paramedics in the field, working with the West Allis Fire Department. The medication is used to treat […]

The Federal Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

ACLU observer says a federal jury’s ruling is a bad sign for civil rights

By: - July 18, 2023

On Friday, a jury of eight sided with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) in its decision to arrest Jarrett English, a long-time community organizer, who was standing with community members protesting the killing of 23-year-old Syville Smith by an MPD officer. “It’s one of those things,” says English. In his view,  the ruling showed that […]

Meeting on banned books, anti-LGBTQ climate to be held in Waukesha

By: - July 13, 2023

In communities across Wisconsin, growing concerns over the banning of books, and treatment of marginalized students are spurring residents to action. On Thursday evening, an informational meeting will be hosted in Waukesha by PFLAG, which describes itself as the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. The meeting, starting at 6:30 pm Thursday at the Waukesha Public […]

Waushara County wildfire that covered 830 acres is part of a bigger picture

By: - July 12, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that an 830-acre wildfire has been contained in Waushara County, southeast of Coloma. The fire claimed three primary structures and 17 secondary structures, and was caused by the burning of debris. Satellite and infrared technology were used to determine the size of the blaze. The fire burned […]

The Federal Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Federal trial begins involving charge of ‘unlawful’ arrest by Milwaukee police

By: - July 12, 2023

A jury of eight began hearing arguments and evidence in a federal trial on Monday, stemming from a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). In 2016, officers arrested Jarrett English while he was working as an ACLU legal observer, filming police interactions with residents […]