Criminal Justice

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Attorney General and lawmakers introduce gun control bills

BY: - September 24, 2021

Attorney General Josh Kaul joined state legislators to announce two new bills on gun control. One bill would expand background checks. The other aims to establish an extreme risk protection order system in the state. “You have heard about these bills before,” said Kaul during a press conference Thursday. “You know that the vast majority […]

Wauwatosa residents stand outside city hall as curfew approaches. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Detective who labeled Wauwatosa Tosa mayor a “higher value target” is now sergeant

BY: - September 24, 2021

Recently, the Wisconsin Examiner learned that a detective who created a PowerPoint presentation which labeled Wauwatosa’s mayor as a “higher value target” was promoted after an internal investigation of the matter was completed. The PowerPoint, which was obtained through open records requests in January, shone a light on how police viewed those who supported protests […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Riot bill’s penalties are as broad as they seem

BY: - September 17, 2021

A bill that would create a felony penalty for people who were part of a protest where rioting broke out appears to be as broad as it sounds. During a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, on Thursday, questions persisted as to who exactly the bill would apply to if […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged […]

He beat her repeatedly. Family court tried to give him joint custody of their children

BY: - September 16, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.   Jennifer Moston was about seven months pregnant when, she said, her husband grabbed her by the arms, picked her up and threw her against the staircase. Each time she tried to […]

Rep. Supreme Moore (D-Milwaukee) Omokunde (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Moore Omokunde presses for bill to prevent police job-hopping

BY: - September 15, 2021

For Rep. Supreme Moore Omokunde (D- Milwaukee), the legislative struggle to hold police accountable hits home. As a young man growing up in Milwaukee, he’d too found himself caught in the web of seemingly discriminatory traffic stops. To a certain degree, however, Moore Omokunde had a layer of protection in these encounters. “I’d be driving […]

Michael Bell on one of the many billboards his father bought to draw attention to internal police investigations after his son was fatally shot by Kenosha police in 2004. (Photo via Bell's Plea For a Change Facebook site.)

Bell sues Kenosha for release of police bullet that killed his son

BY: - September 14, 2021

The father of a man shot by Kenosha Police in 2004 is suing the city of Kenosha for withholding the bullet that was used to kill his son. Michael M. Bell says he wants an independent ballistics analysis of the bullet to help ascertain whether the police description of the shooting was wrong in a […]

Water protectors conducting a blockade against the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo | Giniw Collective)

Wisconsin joins the Enbridge Line 3 resistance

BY: - September 14, 2021

Across Wisconsin’s western border with Minnesota, Indigenous people and allies have united in months of resistance against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. For those who have traveled to the resistance camps, what’s at stake is clear. It’s a struggle not just against a defiant fossil fuel industry, but also against what some call “the Great […]

Protesters confronting riot-clad officers who are blocking the freeway on the first day. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Inside the Google group police used to monitor 2020 protests

BY: - September 10, 2021

Last year, as the streets in towns across Wisconsin filled with marches against police violence, local law enforcement agencies established numerous ways of sharing updates and information on the protests. One response was the Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives COVID/Protest group, which became an online hub for local agencies monitoring the movements of protesters in […]

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Evers on pace for record pardons, activists push for more

BY: - September 8, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers gathered alongside members of the state’s Pardon Advisory Board and individuals who’ve received recent pardons at the Crossroads Collective in Milwaukee. Evers called the Tuesday morning gathering a celebration, not just for those present, but also for the more than 260 people who’ve received pardons under the Evers administration. “If you hear […]

A Green Bay Correctional Institution watch tower and guard. (Photo | Isiah)

Prison abolition activists join nationwide actions

BY: - September 3, 2021

Prison abolitionist activists in Wisconsin are joining others across the country in a series of actions to shine a light on conditions inside prisons and jails across the country. The actions, collectively called Shut’em Down 2021, range from community discussion events to protests outside state incarceration facilities. Wisconsin’s actions involve members of a variety of […]

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Wiretap expert fears bill will open ‘back door’ for police

BY: - September 2, 2021

There is a major problem with the wiretap bill that passed the state Senate and is currently making its way through the Wisconsin Assembly, says telecommunications expert Ben Levitan. “A judge’s order is an order on the cell phone company, not a license to go wiretap on your own,” Levitan, an engineer who spent 30 […]