One year ago today, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. Coming a few months after the murder of George Floyd, the shooting of Blake opened a fresh wound across the state. In Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha and elsewhere, protesters took to the streets to demand Justice for Jacob. […]
Photo by diegoparra on Pixabay. Today, a legislative committee heard public input on nine bills that would reform policing in Wisconsin. The proposals are the product of months of consideration by a racial disparity and police reform task force. That task force was announced last August by top legislative Republican, Robin Vos. Vos announced the […]
The Madison Police Department deployed more tear gas during Black Lives Matter protests in late May and early June than they did in the prior 16 years combined. Over just three days and nights from May 30th to June 1st, officers deployed 62 clouds of tear gas: 53 canisters of tear gas thrown by hand […]
Tuesday afternoon, Kenosha’s top prosecutor held an hours-long press conference explaining why he would not bring charges against Rusten Sheskey, the white Kenosha Police Officer who in August shot Jacob Blake, who is Black. Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley, who is white, explained how he came to his decision. He presented how the evidence would […]
Yesterday saw two major news events impacting the Black community in America. Earlier in the day, authorities announced that the police officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha last summer will not face any criminal charges. But yesterday was also a monumental day in Georgia, where the organizing work of Stacey Abrams […]
Chris Ott, Executive Director of the ACLU-Wisconsin, talks about that group’s efforts to mitigate violence and allow free speech protest in Kenosha over the failure of prosecution of the police shooter of Jacob Blake.