Police and Fire Commission approves Kenosha Police Chief’s retirement, resignations from department

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KENOSHA ⏤ After approving Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis' retirement, the Police and Fire Commission addressed the “significantly understaffed” department Tuesday morning. Retiring Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis. Miskinis announced his retirement months ago, hoping to give the city time to find a replacement, as he states in his letter to Mayor John Antaramian. The [...]

Police Chief: KPD Officer Rusten Sheskey will not be disciplined for shooting Jacob Blake

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Tuesday, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis announced that officer Rusten Sheskey will not be disciplined for shooting Jacob Blake seven times on Aug. 23, 2020. In January, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley also chose not to charge Sheskey with a crime. Sheskey followed current policy Sheskey “acted within the law and [...]

Chief Miskinis updates community on efforts to arrest August rioters

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KENOSHA ⸺ Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis gave an update on his department’s efforts to arrest those who participated in riots in the city in August 2020. Miskinis also pointed out a fact that is sure to be bitter for some to swallow: Out of the 55 arrested for various crimes so far, Kenoshans make [...]

City Council to discuss Huber family, Grosskreutz claims in closed session tonight

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the City Council will discuss⏤ in closed session⏤ two claims relating to Kyle Rittenhouse shooting one person, Gaige Grosskreutz, and killing two others, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, on Aug. 25, 2020. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Huber’s family is pressing forward with the suit on his behalf. Each suit seeks a total of $10 million [...]

County committee approves grant funds for sheriff’s department, receives update on body cameras

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https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata KENOSHA ⸺ During a Wednesday night meeting, the Kenosha County Judiciary and Law Committee approved accepting $400,000 in grant funds. The funds will be used to reimburse the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department for costs incurred during what officials call the “civil unrest” experience locally in August and September 2020. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Captain [...]

‘We need more love in this community’

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‘Building Hope’ panelists discuss changing roles in 2020 unrest, hopes for 2021 KENOSHA ⸺ “We need more love in this community.” After an hour-and-a-half-long conversation, Ald. Anthony Kennedy boiled down the vast issues facing the city into a missing component in its core: Love. “You don’t have to like me,” the Dist. 10 alderman said. [...]

Kenosha County DA will not charge officers in Blake shooting, details evidence

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KENOSHA — On Jan. 5, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced KPD officer Rusten Sheskey would not be charged in shooting Jacob Blake in August. Graveley explained his decision in detail, offering new information which arguably changes the circumstances of the Blake situation. Watch the full conference below. @import url(https://theuptownobserver.com/wp-content/plugins/siteorigin-panels/css/front-flex.min.css); #pgc-1264-0-0 { width:100%;width:calc(100% - [...]

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

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  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 [...]

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

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KENOSHA ⏤ The city has closed portions of local roadways, specifically those surrounding the Kenosha County Courthouse ahead of the impending ruling on the Jacob Blake shooting. Gov. Tony Evers also authorized the National Guard to come and assist local authorities. The announcement is a result of Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley making his decision this [...]

Ald. Paff seemingly defends Kyle Rittenhouse in Jan. 4 comments

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KENOSHA — During Monday night’s Kenosha City Council meeting, District 6 Ald. David Paff gave the following seemingly sympathetic statements about Kyle Rittenhouse, who is currently going through the court system on charges of murdering two local residents on Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, as well as everyone on the streets in Kenosha that night, was [...]

KABA, WEDC partner for microloans to Kenosha businesses

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The loans are geared towards helping businesses damaged in the two-day August riots KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. have awarded 27 Kenosha businesses microloans up to $50,000. Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the state Economic Development Corp. announced the microloans in a press release last week. The Recovery Microloan Program (DRM) [...]

Kenosha activist among Time’s ‘Guardians of the Year’

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KENOSHA ⏤Time Magazine has chosen a local activist as one of its Guardians of the Year for 2020. Porche Bennett-Bey, aka “Mookie Bey”, has been a staple of local protests. In fact, if you haven’t seen Bennett-Bey, it’s likely because YOU haven’t been somewhere. Bennett-Bey is among one of the many local Black leaders who have [...]

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

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KENOSHA ⏤ The city of Kenosha Monday authorized approximately $1,166 to reimburse police officers for damages received to their personal vehicles during “civil unrest.” However, one alderman was upset by both the method the measure came before the council and the personal information contained in the resolution. Backdrop of resolution The resolution uses the same terminology [...]

Friday protest planned, discussions continue on cabaret license changes

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KENOSHA – The organizer of a planned Friday protest hopes the music and chants give officials pause in changing Kenosha’s cabaret license requirements.Friday’s protest, organized by Aimee Crucianelli, will start at 2 p.m. The event will focus on recent changes proposed for the city’s cabaret license.A live music cutoff in the city at midnight and [...]

DKI announces finance committee to oversee business recovery funds

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KENOSHA ⏤ Downtown Kenosha Inc. announced Friday that it has put together a finance committee to help allocate funds to damaged Kenosha businesses. Following the aftermath of riots that destroyed businesses in the Downtown and Uptown areas of Kenosha Aug. 23 and 24, DKI started a fundraising campaign in order to assist business owners with [...]

Kenosha Alderman: ‘Our town has changed’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Near the end of the Kenosha Common Council meeting on Monday, Ald. Anthony Kennedy had one message for his colleagues: Listen ⏤ even if things get ugly.“We have to understand that some people don’t have the ability to express their pain in ways that are constructive,” Kennedy said. “And so we’re going to have to [...]

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

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KENOSHA ⏤ While the word saw Kenosha as a warzone, many young activists used art to beautify the areas that had been destroyed by riots in August 2020. '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 [...]

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

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 slim margin of 9-7. It is effective immediately. Likewise, the city also approved emergency authorization for Mayor John Antaramian, which he can use to [...]