Criminal Justice

Kenosha Protests

Protest policing is more complicated than “law and order”

BY: - September 15, 2020

The role of the police in our society has been under a microscope since the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department in May. Local Policing is an ongoing series analyzing the culture, tactics and actions of departments big and small across Wisconsin. If you have a story to share about your local […]

Kenosha law enforcement form up with riot shields, long rifles, and armored vehicles. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Activists describe detention for protesting in Kenosha

BY: - September 14, 2020

As the National Guard leaves Kenosha and the area’s curfew comes to an end, things appear to be finally calming down in the city. The past weeks of riots, standoffs with police and large-scale protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer have left many lingering questions. Particularly concerning to activists […]

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

Police shootings, racism and child trauma

BY: - September 4, 2020

Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake seven times in the back as Blake leaned into the driver’s side door of his car on Aug. 23, video of the incident shows. What the video doesn’t show is that three of Blake’s children were sitting in the back seat.  The children, ages 8, 5 […]

KENOSHA, WI - AUGUST 25: Law enforcement hold a line on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As the city declared a state of emergency curfew, a third night of civil unrest occurred after the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, on August 23. Video shot of the incident appears to show Blake shot multiple times in the back by Wisconsin police officers while attempting to enter the drivers side of a vehicle. The 29-year-old Blake was undergoing surgery for a severed spinal cord, shattered vertebrae and severe damage to organs, according to the family attorneys in published accounts. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Trump, DOJ say $41 million coming to Wisconsin law enforcement, but specifics unclear

BY: - September 3, 2020

Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Kenosha Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that $41 million will be sent to Wisconsin to be spent on public safety.  The funds are a continuation of Trump’s “law and order” rhetoric in the final months of this fall’s presidential campaign — which has made Kenosha a centerpiece […]

Protesters marching and gathering in Milwaukee during the first day of demonstrations. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Are Milwaukee-area police shooting investigations truly independent?

BY: - September 2, 2020

After the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that there would be an independent investigation. “The statute in Wisconsin demands, quite appropriately, that an independent investigative agency does all the investigative work in this case,” said on August 26. Blake’s shooting will be investigated by the Wisconsin […]

Kenosha Protests

Evers offers disaster help to Kenosha businesses

BY: - September 2, 2020

The same day that President Donald Trump visited Kenosha to meet with law enforcement and hold a roundtable discussion with local officials and business leaders, Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic state representatives from the area announced a new program to help Kenosha businesses, many of which have been damaged by vandalism and looting in the […]

Ellen Ferwerda's shop in downtown Kenosha (photo courtesy of Ellen Ferwerda)

Kenosha braces for visit by Trump

BY: - September 1, 2020

Rebuffing requests by Gov. Tony Evers and Mayor John Antaramian that he stay away, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Kenosha on Tuesday. Trump is planning to meet with law enforcement and survey the damage to the downtown after a week of protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black Kenosha resident […]

Kenosha Protests

Kenosha officials on Trump, protests and police

BY: and - September 1, 2020

As the City of Kenosha entered the second week since a police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times, officials held a press conference in which they celebrated a weekend of peace and braced for the imminent arrival of President Donald Trump. Trump is set to visit the city Tuesday despite pleas from […]

Republicans hold special session in name only

BY: - September 1, 2020

Once again on Monday, Gov. Tony Evers and legislative Democrats were confronted by the existential fact of the current state Legislature: Republican leaders can and will quash action on any issue just by not showing up. As was widely expected, both the Assembly and the Senate gaveled in the special session that Gov. Tony Evers […]

Milwaukee Bucks, led by George Hill (center) call on the Wisconsin Legislature to act on racial justice and police brutality.

If Fitzgerald and Vos won’t listen to Evers will they listen to the Bucks?

BY: - August 28, 2020

If you plan to place a bet on whether or not the Legislature will meet in a special session on Monday and take up measures tied to racial injustice and police reform — be careful how you phrase the bet. It’s not completely clear what will happen in the Legislature on Monday. On Monday Aug. […]

Participants at March on Washington

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Kamala Harris -- serious look on her face

Kamala Harris on Blake shooting: “it seems the officer should be charged”

BY: - August 28, 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said she wants to see a thorough investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake by Officer Rusten Sheskey, and “based on what I have seen, it seems the officer should be charged.” Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, made sure to point out that she […]