police shooting

Noble Wray, courtesy of Fair and Impartial Policing

DOJ wraps up investigation into police shooting of Jacob Blake

BY: - October 9, 2020

The file from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha was handed over to consultant Noble Wray, the former Madison Police Chief,  on Wednesday by its Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This begins the next phase of analysis before any decision on charges is made by […]

Protesters gather outside of the Milwaukee Safety Building waiting for the Cole family to come out with DA Chisholm's decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Protesters fill the streets in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee following Alvin Cole decision

BY: - October 9, 2020

Oct.7 proved to be a tense, anxiety-choked day in the City of Milwaukee and its suburban western neighbor Wauwatosa. A crowd of protesters, many local residents among them, gathered outside the Milwaukee City and County Safety Building, where District Attorney John Chisholm shared his decision not to pursue charges in the Alvin Cole shooting with […]

A poster depicting Christopher Davis. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Mother of Christopher Davis continues seeking justice for son killed in botched drug bust

BY: - September 23, 2020

“My kids call me every day,” Doretha Lock told Wisconsin Examiner, recalling the day that her son, 21-year-old Christopher Davis, was killed by police in Walworth County. Although he’d called to check in, Lock could tell something wasn’t right. As she listened for any clues which may be hidden in the background noise, Davis told […]

COMMENTARY
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 03: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden arrives at General Mitchell International Airport with wife Jill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Biden is traveling to Wisconsin to visit the family of Jacob Blake, whose shooting by police sparked protests in Kenosha. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Joe Biden’s moment in Kenosha

BY: - September 4, 2020

Joe Biden finally came to Wisconsin, visiting Kenosha hard on the heels of President Donald Trump’s spectacularly callous, divisive campaign stop here. The Democratic presidential nominee had not yet set foot in the Badger State during this election season, despite the Democrats’ decision to hold their convention in Milwaukee — part of an effort to […]

Wauwatosa Police Department squad cars responding during a standoff with protesters on July 7, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD don’t plan to investigate ‘Whites for Wauwatosa’ letter

BY: - September 3, 2020

Letters from a group calling itself “Whites for Wauwatosa” showed up in the mailboxes of residents who posted yard signs outside their homes in the Milwaukee suburb. The signs say “For Sale, Unless Politicians Keep Tosa Safe (Paid for by Tosa Taxpayers fed up with Mayor and City Council).” Residents who placed the signs outside […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, the site of recent protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo | 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police watch as protesters gather on August 24th, 2020 in Kenosha. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Two killed, one injured in Kenosha in protest of police shooting

BY: - August 26, 2020

Late on Tuesday night, two people were killed and another injured after shots were fired at a gas station near 63rd St. and Sheridan Rd., according to a Kenosha police report. The spot had become a tense gathering spot for protesters and a group of armed men who told The New York Times they were […]

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.)

Stalemate looms large around state action on racial justice and policing

BY: - August 24, 2020

Saying that we must “rise to this moment,” Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Legislature in for a special session next week to take up legislation tied to racial injustice and policing reforms from a package of bills he worked on with the Black Legislative Caucus and unveiled over two months ago. “These are common […]

Kenosha protests 8/24/20 Photo credit: Bethany Bosseau

State taking lead on investigating police shooting in Kenosha

BY: - August 24, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced early on Monday that its Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will take the lead on investigating the police shooting in Kenosha of a Black man shot in the back multiple times. The shooting, and a bystander video, went viral on Sunday evening.  Riots erupted in Kenosha, a curfew […]

Protesters, activists, and residents gather to march on the DNC in Milwaukee Wisconsin, August 20th. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee’s DNC attracted wide array of activists and demonstrations

BY: - August 24, 2020

Although the Democratic National Convention (DNC) became a scaled down event with mostly virtual presentations, groups of protesters nevertheless made their presence and causes known. During both the day and nighttime hours, activists and organizers from a wide range of groups held marches, rallies, and demonstrations, hoping to grab the attention of the Democratic Party. […]