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Following National Trend, City of Racine Spends Heavily on Policing

After George Floyd, a black man, died at the hands of a white Minneapolis Police Officer on Memorial Day, protests and calls to defund, demilitarize, reform, and even abolish the police have swelled across the country. Floyd’s death “shocked the conscience of the nation,” Racine Police Chief Art Howell said in a letter to the […]

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Protesters confront police in front of police department, set COP house on fire

RACINE, WI – The COP House, 1146 Villa Street, was set on fire by protesters at about 2 a.m. Monday following a confrontation with police, according to Racine Police Chief Art Howell. By 2:36 a.m., the fire had been put out, according to preliminary reports. The night didn’t start out violent. A small crowd […]

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Racine Police Chief on COVID-19: Response needs to be strategic and non-partisan

Racine Police Chief Art Howell As is well-known as of this time, the COVID-19 pandemic is real. Within just a few short weeks, our nation went from hosting Super Bowl parties and other large gatherings to sheltering in place under various state-level Safer at Home Orders. While this crisis is global in nature, affecting millions […]

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Dickert: Racine Police Won’t Arrest Undocumented People

In the light of massive protests over President Donald Trump’s executive order tightening federal immigration laws, Racine Mayor John Dickert emphasized Monday that the Racine Police Department will not arrest people for being undocumented. Trump issued the executive order last week, which established a policy of allowing state and local law enforcement agencies to “perform the functions […]

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Why We’re Hosting A Forum On Bullying

The Racine County Eye is hosting a forum on bullying from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Bray Center, 924 Center Street. We’d love for you to be there because we know how important children are in this community. And for us, the issue of bullying has become too important to ignore. After 15-year-old Caledonia resident Cameron Langrell committed […]

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Racine DA: Officer Involved Shooting Of Rajko Utvic “Legal, Justified and Necessary”

An officer involved shooting of a 37-year-old Racine man that was reportedly suicidal was “legal, justified and necessary,” wrote Racine County District Rich Chiapete in a letter to Racine Police Chief Art Howell. Rajko Utvic was shot and killed by a Racine Police officer on July 7. When Racine police officers arrived, Utvic was brandishing a knife and not only refused […]