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Kenosha activist taken by police in unmarked vehicle

By: - August 27, 2020 2:31 pm
Signs hung near the front line of the stand off between police and protesters in Kenosha on August 24, 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Signs hung near the front line of the stand off between police and protesters in Kenosha on August 24, 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Activists in Kenosha were panicked when they first learned that Adelana Akindes, a 25-year-old local organizer, was taken by law enforcement personnel during the evening hours of Aug. 26.

There had been a surge by the National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) into the city. Although Gov. Tony Evers rejected Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents who were connected with the abductions and detentions in Portland, Ore., it appeared activists in Kenosha had been scooped up off the street.

The Kenosha County jail log documenting Adelana Akindes's arrest. (Screenshot taken by Isiah Holmes)
The Kenosha County jail log documenting Adelana Akindes’s arrest. (Screenshot taken by Isiah Holmes)

Omar Flores, an activist and Kenosha native, told Wisconsin Examiner that Akindes was detained after meeting with other organizers at Kenosha’s Union Park. “They did not go very far, three to five blocks,” explained Flores, who had heard the news from others. “And an unmarked police pickup truck stopped them. They turned on their lights, opened both doors and the two cops said, ‘We’re cops, don’t even think about it.’”

Akindes and others apparently attempted to flee the officers and one of the activists escaped. Akindes and the others were taken away. At 10:28 p.m., Flores noted with worry, “We still have not heard from anybody who was snatched up. At 11:24 a.m. on Aug. 27, Flores finally had some updates: “She’s being held at Kenosha City Jail downtown. Her bail is $200 and they have yet to officially book her, which means we can’t pay the $200 to get her out yet.”

A search for Akindes comes up in the Kenosha County inmate search. According to that database, she’s being charged with failure to comply with the Emergency Management Order of the state/local government. Akindes is being held in a pre-trial housing facility, with her booking origin being listed as the Kenosha Police Department. According to the database, she was booked at 10:22 p.m. on Aug. 26.

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Isiah Holmes
Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, 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. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.

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