Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis: ‘I am extremely disappointed’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Monday afternoon, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis voiced his extreme disappointment with recent events in the city of Kenosha.

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In particular, Miskinis addressed the public’s reaction to KPD officer Rusten Sheskey’s continued employment after he shot Jacob Blake seven times in August 2020. 

Miskinis previously explained his decision not to discipline Sheskey.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley also declined to charge Sheskey with a crime.

“As Kenosha’s Chief of Police I am extremely disappointed that some of the people making demands are people who have had regular contact with me or a member of my executive staff,” his statement begins. “We are always open to constructive communication; however, we cannot effectively communicate with those that seek a spotlight to create and further facilitate a false narrative. 

“Community growth, building relationships – these ideas need to be our focus, not creating barriers.”

KPD will not respond to demands, Miskinis says

However, he makes it clear that KPD will “not respond to demands, nor will we entertain the unlawful termination of a police officer.”

“We have met with many people in our community, participated in listening sessions and we are active in Mayor Antaramian’s plan for equity and inclusion,” he continues. “We routinely evaluate and enhance our policies and seek out additional training for our staff.”

He added KPD’s “body worn camera program is progressing and will be implemented later this year.”

“These steps are progress and we will continue working to improve our relationships with all of Kenosha.”

Miskinis’ statement also comes in the final days of his leadership over the department.

Starting May 1, Deputy Chief Eric Larsen will assume the role after Miskinis’ retirement at the end of April.

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