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Gov. Evers Releases Statement One Year After Jacob Blake Shooting

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today released a statement one year after police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  “One year ago today, Jacob Blake’s life was forever changed. While we are grateful Jacob survived his injuries, we also know Jacob, his kids, and his family have and will face challenges they never imagined having to endure. We also know the families and […]

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WGTD Honored for its Coverage of Blake Shooting Case, Race Relations

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association at its annual gala honored WGTD FM for its coverage of the shooting of Jacob Blake and the station’s programs on race relations and racial inequities. WGTD received a first place award in the medium market category for “Best Coverage of Civil Discourse and Social Change.” In addition, the 91.1 Players […]

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County Board approves resolution setting framework for Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

KENOSHA — The establishment of Kenosha County’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission will move forward after the County Board’s approval Tuesday night of a resolution outlining the group’s structure and responsibilities. As stated in the resolution, the commission’s mission will be to realize greater racial equity and dismantle racism in Kenosha County through research, education, […]

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Three Arrested Sunday in Kenosha Protests

KENOSHA – Three protesters, including the uncle of police shooting victim Jacob Blake, were arrested about 10 p.m. Sunday for blocking access to the Kenosha County Public Safety Building’s public entrance. Arrested by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department were: Justin S. Blake (Jacob Blake’s uncle), Jonathan W. Barker, and Joseph M. Cardinali. All were charged […]

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No charges issued in Jacob Blake shooting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CIGGQq4PgM Kenosha County DA: ‘I insist on this being a complicated conversation’ KENOSHA, WI – Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley outlined why he chose not to prosecute Kenosha Police officers — Rusten T. Sheskey and Brittany Meronek — for shooting Jacob Blake this summer a total of seven times in front of his children. […]

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Last night’s meeting: Council increases bond for inciting violence more than 10 times normal amount; alderpersons object to city methodology

The first page of the ordinance approved Monday night increasing the bond amount for inciting violence from $124 to $1,321. KENOSHA ⏤ During last night’s City Council meeting, alderpersons voted to increase the bond amount for the charge of inciting violence by more than 10 times from $124 to $1,321. That measure passed by a […]

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Kenosha City Council approves emergency authorization for mayor ahead of Blake shooting decision

KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council approved a resolution giving Mayor John Antaramian emergency authorization powers in the event of unrest.  Once activated, the mayor will have emergency authorization for eight days. After eight days, the City Council will have to approve additional measures taken concerning any violent unrest. The emergency powers come as Kenosha County […]

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Kenosha announces road closures ahead of Jacob Blake shooting ruling; Evers authorizes 500 National Guard

Crews spent a portion of Monday installing a fence back around the Kenosha County Courthouse. The fence served as the backdrop of many protests following the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23, 2020. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA ⏤ The city has closed portions of local roadways, specifically those surrounding the […]

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Aggressive policing escalates violence at protests, research shows. A former Madison police chief touts a better way.

By Clara Neupert Wisconsin Watch At least 1,500 young people gathered on Madison, Wisconsin’s Mifflin Street in April 1973 for a block party featuring street dancing, potato salad and sunshine. People drank beer, smoked weed and tossed Frisbees in the neighborhood near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus known informally as Miffland. Police officers observed the […]

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Kenosha to pay for damages to officers’ personal vehicles during ‘civil unrest’

On Monday, the Kenosha Common Council approved approximately $1,166 to be disbursed to four police officers whose vehicles were damaged in a city parking garage near the Kenosha Public Safety Building at the end of August. File photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA ⏤ The city of Kenosha Monday authorized approximately $1,166 to reimburse […]

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Attorneys hold out for resolution without trial in Blake criminal case

KENOSHA ⏤ The prosecution and defense are holding out for a resolution to the criminal case against Jacob Blake without a trial. Blake faces charges of criminal trespass to dwelling, a misdemeanor; third-degree sexual assault, a felony; and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.  According to a criminal complaint filed in the case in July, Blake allegedly […]

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City receives 3,500 letters calling for officials to fire police chief

KENOSHA ⏤ On Tuesday morning, the Police and Fire Commission heard 25 minutes of calls to fire Police Chief Daniel Miskinis. The calls for Miskinis’ resignation ⏤ at least 3,500 according to the clerk ⏤ came during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a city official read comments submitted […]