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

sheskey; case; Jacob Blake; kenosha journalist; civil unrest

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 [...]

KPD Deputy Chief: Department currently plans to implement body cameras May 3

body cameras; kenosha police; kpd; kenosha; uptown observer

KENOSHA ⏤ According to Deputy Chief Eric Larsen, the Kenosha Police Department currently plans to implement body cameras on its officers May 3. https://videopress.com/v/PFWVQyKY?preloadContent=metadata The full audio of Kenosha Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Larsen's Monday evening update on the department implementing body cameras to the city's Public Safety and Welfare Committee. Video property of [...]

Hot Mess Studios #OfInterest to Observer readers

hot mess; wallner; interest

KENOSHA ⏤ This past week our supporters proved that they truly want to be a hot mess ⏤ taking particular interest in Katy Wallner's Hot Mess Studios, LLC. Of course, this kind of mess is pertaining to the pop-up art studio owned by Katy Wallner. Last week, we covered Wallner's soft opening of her new [...]

Uptown Opportunity: Help with monthly clean-up effort in Uptown neighborhood starting April 3

uptown; uptown kenosha inc; kenosha

KENOSHA ⏤ Tomorrow, the whole Kenosha community will have the opportunity to come together for a good cause: clean-up efforts in the Uptown neighborhood. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata According to Uptown Kenosha Inc. Board President Krista Maurer, the business association will be collaborating with quite a few organizations to lead the neighborhood clean-up efforts over the weekend, and [...]

Art Scene: A walk through Kenosha Creative Space’s ‘Art + Protest’ exhibit

art

KENOSHA ⸺ Black lives are still an important topic in conversation and in art in the city of Kenosha ⏤ regardless of who believes they matter or not.  Observer founder Daniel Thompson takes a walk through 'Art + Protest' at Kenosha Creative Space. The free exhibit will be open to the public until May 9. [...]

From Our Community: Kenosha Pride festival returns in August

pride; kenosha pride

KENOSHA ⸺ It’s official: The Kenosha Pride festival will return to Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Kenosha Pride, Inc.’s Board of Directors made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.  The event announcement follows the city’s Parks Commission unanimously approving Pride’s special event application and permits last Monday, March 24. This will also be [...]

Kenosha Licenses and Permits Committee: Two ‘false’ applications, two different treatments, one interested alderperson

application

KENOSHA ⸺ With one question and a brief exchange, a bartender’s license application sure to fail due to a criminal record received a second chance via deferral from the city Licenses and Permits Committee. licences and permits audio (March 29, 2021)Audio of Agenda Items 1 and 2 (new bartender's applications) during the Kenosha Licenses and [...]

#ObserverConversations: Talking about building trust, police life with KPD Detective Tommar Franklin

detective; kpd; franklin

KENOSHA ⏤ Last week, the Uptown Observer had the opportunity to sit down for a long and very enlightening conversation with Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. However, the conversation between the Observer and Franklin covered more ground than a simple write-up could show. Therefore, please take the time to watch the interview for yourself [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: KPD Detective Tommar Franklin trying to make change from within

franklin

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin has served his nation and his community for much of his life. Franklin has been in law enforcement for nearly 13 years, serving as a detective for almost three years. He has also called Kenosha home for over 20 years.  During his time in the service, Franklin [...]

Observer On The Scene: Wisconsin 7 finish 22-day fast, promise continued push for green energy

wisconsin 7

KENOSHA ⏤ On Friday, the group known as the Wisconsin 7 finished a 22-day fast to pressure the state Legislature to pass Gov. Tony Evers’ climate justice initiatives in the 2021-2023 state budget. https://youtu.be/sluEELIoBgE As a result, the group joined together to end their fast right where it began on March 4: In front of [...]