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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 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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Kenosha mayor asks public to be safe over holidays; alderman recaps city’s successes, struggles of 2020

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian speaks to gathered members of the press on Sept. 14, 2020. That day’s press conference announced listening sessions for residents to give input to the city on how to move forward after the local unrest. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/posts/129786192232571 KENOSHA ⏤ In their final public comments of 2020, […]

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Teen arrested in connection with 61st Street shooting in Kenosha

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department officers have arrested a juvenile in connection with a shooting last week on 61st Street.  According to a department release, the teen was booked into jail pending charges of : Second-degree recklessly endangering safety;Injury by negligent use of a dangerous weapon; And minor in possession of a firearm. The charges […]

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Police and Fire Commission discusses, makes some changes to recruitment practices

Kenosha Fire Department Chief Charles Leipzig, second from left, speaks to reporters at the scene of a fire in Uptown on Aug. 12, 2020. Leipzig has submitted his resignation from his position as chief. Deputy Chief Christopher Bigley will serve as the interim chief of the department. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA ⏤At […]

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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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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 […]

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Art and Activism, Part 2: Giving names to the nameless, filling the needs of the needy

Photographer and activist Jon Linton, 56, stands with a bus that he purchased and had painted with the name of his project, “Let’s Be Better Humans.” He regularly uses the fan to disburse food to people in need. You’ve seen them. Whether they’re standing at the stoplight near Woodman’s by the interstate, the one at […]

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Art and activism: Beautifying, adding meaning to the aftermath of social unrest

Kenosha is a warzone. That is the perception that has been presented in many reports, comments and opinion pieces written since riots claimed Downtown and Uptown businesses on the nights of Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.  The unrest became fatal not long after Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheksey shot Jacob Black seven times on […]

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Militia member says Kenosha police sought to push protesters toward them on night of deadly shootings

A militia member patrolling the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 25 claimed that police on the scene told him they planned to herd demonstrators toward the armed men — and then leave. In a widely shared video from that fateful evening when two people were killed, Ryan Balch, who said he served a “tactical […]

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Trump visits law enforcement, Blake’s family holds press conference following protests, riots

KENOSHA, WI – Present Donald J. Trump, Jacob Blake’s family, civil rights activists, protesters, and national media outlets converged Tuesday on the City after over a week of protesting and rioting. Here are the latest stories and reaction. https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.willison.14/posts/1829322210541073 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vFoSccVzXM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_P33s2NLoo https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1300818387971567616 https://twitter.com/JamiePerezTV/status/1300832562600980480 https://twitter.com/FightFor15WI/status/1300840900441104384 Kenosha continues curfew Photo by Kevin Poirer In an effort to […]

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Teen arrested in shooting during Kenosha riots

https://twitter.com/RichieMcGinniss/status/1298657958205820928?_ga=2.107067713.295748313.1598397944-45957690.1598397944 KENOSHA, WI – A 17-year-old Antioch teen was arrested for shooting three people – one person in the head, one in the stomach and another in the arm – in a shooting during a riot. Kyle Rittenhouse called himself a member of the militia and openly carried a rifle during the riot. Just before […]