Criminal Justice

The ruins of what used to stand at an intersection near the Minneapolis Police Department Fifth Precinct. Macklin Caruso/Minnesota Reformer

Tear gas bans: A policing change not gaining traction

BY: - August 6, 2020

Editor’s note: The story below cites a New York Times article listing 100 cities that have teargassed protesters. Both Madison and Milwaukee appear on that list with photos. A number of states are struggling with what to do about tear gas while debating police reforms. The Wisconsin Legislature has not met since mid-April, so no […]

Top Homeland Security official vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from violent protests

BY: - August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s number two at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers that federal agents could exert force in […]

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 17: Federal officers prepare to disperse the crowd of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Federal law enforcement agencies attempt to intervene as protests continue in Portland. (Photo by Mason Trinca/Getty Images)

Surge of federal law enforcement operations in Milwaukee raises questions

BY: - July 30, 2020

A cloud has been hanging over Milwaukee ever since the Trump administration signaled that the city was on a list of places that would receive deployments of federal agents to bolster local policing. Top lawmakers and law enforcement officials at the state and local levels have spoken out against a deployment that could be a […]

Photo of two police officers standing next to what looks to be a homeless man on the ground in crisis

The policy idea BLM activists and cops agree on

BY: - July 29, 2020

More than two months since the beginning of a national reckoning over criminal justice and policing, it sometimes seems as though advocates from every side of the debate have settled into their respective corners.  After some initial progress on policies such as removing cops from schools and shifting municipal budget priorities — the debate in […]

Searching for Katelyn Kelley

BY: - July 28, 2020

Menominee Tribal Chair Joan Delabreau, a passionate advocate for missing Indigenous people, is rallying the public, law enforcement and the media to keep a spotlight on finding 22-year-old tribal member Katelyn Kelley, who disappeared more than a month ago after being seen leaving the reservation and possibly getting a ride to her home in Shawano, […]

One hundred days out of office: What is the Legislature good for? 

BY: - July 24, 2020

It’s been 100 days since the Legislature met in session and passed an initial response to COVID-19. The state Senate never finished its work for the 2019-20 session. It cancelled — and never rescheduled — the remaining day of its regular session as the pandemic hit. When the session period officially ended, all bills not […]

Department Of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

DOC completes investigation into escape at Columbia Correctional Institution

BY: - July 24, 2020

On July 16, the Department of Corrections (DOC) announced that its Office of Internal Affairs had completed 13 personnel investigations involving several staff. The investigations came in the wake of an escape incident in April at Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI) in Portage, Wisconsin. As a result of the investigation, seven staff members were terminated, and […]

Gavel courtroom sitting vacant

Most of Wisconsin’s district attorneys aren’t facing a contested re-election

BY: - July 24, 2020

This fall, as Wisconsinites head to the polls, voters in only six will cast a ballot in a contested race for district attorney. Of those six, three will be decided in the August primary because only candidates of one party are running.  Florence, Langlade, Menominee and Shawano, Pierce, St. Croix and Waushara counties are the […]

Justice Department sending federal agents to Milwaukee in crackdown on Democrat-run cities

BY: - July 23, 2020

Federal agents will be deployed to Milwaukee and several other midwestern cities run by Democrats in the coming weeks, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. The move is an escalation of occasionally violent federal intervention in cities that have seen large protests for racial justice.  Trump announced that as part of “Operation Legend” agents from the […]

Protesters gather for the listening session at Hart Park. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Listening session on race and equity in Tosa is mass catharsis for residents

BY: - July 23, 2020

Over four hours of catharsis followed the 6:30 p.m. kick-off of a public listening session on race and equity issues in Wauwatosa (Tosa), held on July 21. Hundreds of residents from Tosa, Milwaukee County and even from other areas of the state flowed into the football stadiums at Hart Park, chosen for the session to […]

Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall during 2020. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee Police Chief Morales meeting draws protesters from both sides of the debate

BY: - July 23, 2020

A Fire and Police Commission (FPC) meeting in Milwaukee Monday night culminated in 11 directives being handed down to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales as part of a six-month performance evaluation. Outside city hall, protesters from both the city’s revitalized Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and a pro-police Back the Badge crowd gathered to show […]

A screen shot of Joseph Mensah's Go Fund Me page. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa Officer’s Go Fund Me shows large donations from local police organizations

BY: - July 22, 2020

A Go Fund Me page has been established by the brother of a Wauwatosa police officer at the center of recent protests by citizens demanding he be fired after shooting three young African American residents in five years. Established nearly a week ago, the page has raised more than $44,000 toward a goal of $50,000. […]