Criminal Justice

Protesters stand outside the Wauwatosa Police Department, dozens more were inside cramming into the tiny lobby area during the summer of 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa PD created “protester list” during crackdown on peaceful demonstrations

BY: - January 19, 2021

The Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) began tracking activists and created a list of at least 40 protesters as early as July 14, 2020. The list was referenced in a set of emails obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner via open records requests. The internal messages also mention a “protest folder” created sometime during early days of […]

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Wisconsin man arrested for entering U.S. Capitol during riots

BY: - January 12, 2021

An Eau Claire man was arrested Tuesday for going into the U.S. Capitol during the violent riots on Jan. 6.  Kevin Daniel Loftus, 52, posted photos online of himself in the Capitol as it was being attacked. He faces two federal misdemeanor charges for knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

BY: - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated by several […]

Jacob Blake’s family will take fight past the DA’s decision

BY: - January 7, 2021

As Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely announced that no charges would be brought against officers involved in the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, National Guard and law enforcement personnel kitted out in winter-adapted tactical gear positioned themselves around the city. A quiet stillness hung in the air, particularly around Civic Park, the site of […]

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (Screenshot from his statement on 8/24/20 regarding Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back by Kenosha police on Sunday.)

Lt. Gov. Barnes labels Kenosha DA’s decision a negligent failure

BY: - January 5, 2021

Many public officials weighed in on the decision announced Tuesday afternoon by Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley not to criminally charge Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back. Gov. Tony Evers stopped short of commenting on the decision itself, opting instead to reiterate that more work needs […]

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No charges against Kenosha officers in Jacob Blake shooting

BY: - January 5, 2021

The Kenosha County District Attorney announced Tuesday it will not be filing any charges against Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey or any of the other officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23, 2020.  In a bystander cell phone video that almost immediately went viral on social media, Sheskey was seen shooting […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha on Jan 4, leading up to the Blake decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Blake family plans to take struggle beyond charging decision

BY: - January 5, 2021

For the family of Jacob Blake, the pursuit of justice will not end with the district attorney’s decision not to charge the officer who shot Blake in the back, during an interaction in August, 2020. “It’s a new day,” Justin Blake, Jacob’s uncle, reassured a crowd of press and supporters on the eve of the […]

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The Chicago police scandal that brushes against Madison’s new chief

BY: - January 5, 2021

Over the last month, municipal and police leaders in Chicago have been embroiled in a controversy involving Chicago police officers’ wrongful raid of a social worker’s home in February of 2019.  The social worker, Anjanette Young, had just returned from work and was changing when several officers burst into her home and, while she was […]

The family of Joel Acevedo stand in from of Michael Mattioli's former home shortly before Christmas eve, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Acevedo family pledges new pushes for justice after their son’s killing

BY: - December 28, 2020

For José and Maribel Acevedo, the holiday season will come and go without their son, Joel. The 25-year-old was killed in April after being put in a chokehold by former Milwaukee police officer Michael Mattioli, at a party the off-duty cop held at his home, flouting the state’s Safer at Home order which was in effect at […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives her DNC address, Aug. 17, 2020 | Julia Picket photo

Columbia County man denied habeas corpus in Whitmer kidnapping case

BY: - December 17, 2020

A Columbia County judge denied Columbia County resident Brian Higgins habeas corpus as he faces extradition to Michigan for his involvement in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Higgins, 52, is charged with one felony count of providing material support to a terrorist act in Michigan. He is accused of providing night-vision goggles and […]

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Green Bay Police to get body cams, with help from Packers

BY: - December 16, 2020

The Green Bay Police Department will be receiving 190 body cameras, 45 in-car dash cameras and 150 TASER devices from Axon, a law enforcement technology company, after receiving financial help from the Green Bay Packers.  On Tuesday night, the Green Bay City Council approved a $2.7 million contract with Axon to purchase the equipment and […]

National Guard soldiers during the curfew in Wauwatosa during 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Tosa ‘Special Operations Group’ worked alongside U.S. Marshals during curfew

BY: - December 15, 2020

U.S. Marshals were on the ground in Wauwatosa during the city’s curfew and emergency declaration in October, according to Wauwatosa Police. The city’s emergency order brought numerous law enforcement agencies from across the state, as well as National Guard troops, to the suburban streets. The Marshals worked alongside the Special Operations Group (SOG), a small […]