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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes joins US Senate race

Jul. 20, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Tuesday joined the crowded Democratic field for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, vying to become the first African American from Wisconsin to serve in the Senate. Barnes, 34,...

Unified Milwaukee hosts NBA Finals 50 years after title run

Jul. 09, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Much has changed in Milwaukee since the Bucks won their last NBA title a half-century ago. Nothing reflects the differences more than the melting pot of fans swarming together outside Fiserv Forum playoff games. Fans will flock there again Sunday in...

Rittenhouse attorney wants to show victim was sex offender

Jul. 06, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse's attorney wants a judge to allow him to argue that one of the men his client fatally shot during a Wisconsin protest was a sex offender, saying it supports a defense theory that he attacked Rittenhouse and intended to take his gun because he couldn't...

Motion seeks evidence of past violence at Rittenhouse trial

Jul. 02, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors in Wisconsin want a judge to allow evidence at Kyle Rittenhouse's trial that shows he had a previous violent encounter in Kenosha before he fatally shot two men and injured another during a police brutality protest last year. The...

Kenosha officials reject damage claim sought by Jacob Blake

Jun. 24, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have denied a claim for damages from Jacob Blake Jr., the Black man who was paralyzed when he was shot by a white police officer last summer. Blake sought damages for medical expenses, lost wages and “pain and...

Family seeks 2nd chance at charging officer in man's death

Jun. 20, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge will decide this week whether to charge a Wisconsin police officer who killed a man sitting in a parked car, after the man's family invoked a rarely used legal process in a bid to get around prosecutors who cleared the officer. Joseph...

Black activists, Dems blast Wisconsin police reform bills

May. 27, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and Black activists on Thursday blasted the first police reform bills proposed by a task force the Wisconsin Assembly's top Republican formed last year after a spate of police shootings, saying the measures would accomplish little of substance and...

Attorneys: Rittenhouse trial in November could take 2 weeks

May. 21, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The November trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois man charged with killing two people during chaotic protests that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year, will take up to two weeks, attorneys said Friday. Prosecutors...

Wisconsin lawmakers to take first police votes since Floyd

May. 10, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers this week are expected to take their first floor votes on police reform measures since George Floyd's death sparked a national reckoning on policing and racial justice. The Senate is widely expected to pass a bipartisan package...

Can body cameras deliver justice for those killed by police?

May. 10, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Joel Acevedo died from injuries at the hands of an off-duty Milwaukee police officer last spring, his parents Maribel and José were told their son had been the aggressor. Months later in December, the Acevedos saw police body camera footage...