Kenosha police

Father of man killed by police in 2004 accuses prosecutor in emails to lawmakers 

BY: - July 20, 2021

The father of a man killed by Kenosha police nearly 17 years ago is continuing his campaign to reexamine the case, now seeking to draw the Kenosha County District Attorney into his allegations of a police cover-up. On Monday, Michael M. Bell sent an email message to all Wisconsin legislators, as well as a number […]

Sunshine week for open records

Help the Examiner get records from the Kenosha Police

BY: - March 21, 2021

Sunshine Week is over, but the Examiner’s investigations go on throughout the year. Wisconsin’s open records law is meant to allow for members of the public and the press to hold government officials accountable. Sometimes, as we have reported, those officials fight transparency, using a variety of tactics to keep information hidden. Often, government agencies […]

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Two stalled requests for police records

BY: and - March 18, 2021

March 15 marked the beginning of Sunshine Week in Wisconsin. It’s that special time of year to celebrate the open records law in the Badger State, and its role in protecting government transparency and accountability. The ability to obtain internal records and documents from all facets of state government is crucial for journalists and the […]

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 […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, the site of recent protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Kenosha activists remain focused on Blake shooting following Trump visit

BY: - September 3, 2020

National Guard soldiers and scores of police officers waited behind the large black security gates surrounding the Kenosha city hall, looking on as a crowd of protesters gathered in Civic Park. President Donald Trump had just completed his controversial visit to the city, which has experienced massive protests and unrest since the shooting of Jacob […]

U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump’s cynical campaign stop in Kenosha

BY: - September 2, 2020

During the first 37 minutes of a roundtable discussion with the police chief, sheriff, business owners and Republican politicians in Kenosha, President Donald Trump and the other speakers did not mention Jacob Blake, the man shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha police officer. Not until Trump invited local minister James Ward (whom […]

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 […]

President Donald Trump shrugging and making a face looking skeptical disbelieving

The RNC hatefest and Kenosha on fire

BY: - August 26, 2020

White fear is a central theme of the Republican National Convention this week. Take Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers charged with felonies for waving loaded guns at unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters who were walking past their house.  “What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to […]