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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...

Wisconsin cop who shot Jacob Blake had service weapon stolen

May. 01, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last summer was suspended for three days this year because his service weapon was stolen just weeks after the shooting that left the Black man partially paralyzed. Officials waited seven...

3 arrested during protest in support of Jacob Blake Jr.

Apr. 26, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Three men have been arrested for taking part in a demonstration in southeast Wisconsin to call for the firing of the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake Jr., leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Officer Rusten...

Protesters: Fire Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake

Apr. 25, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Supporters of Jacob Blake Jr. and others staged a rally and march in Kenosha Sunday calling for the firing of an officer who shot Blake. Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, was not charged in the August 2020 incident...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

Apr. 22, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said convicting Chauvin on...

Man charged with killing 3 in Wisconsin tavern shooting

Apr. 22, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was charged Wednesday with killing three people and wounding three others in a weekend shooting at a crowded bar. Prosecutors charged Rakayo Vinson, 24, of Kenosha, with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three...

Evers orders use of force updates for state law enforcement

Apr. 21, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol and other state law enforcement agencies to update their use of force policies to prohibit chokeholds, unless as a last resort, after the Assembly's bipartisan racial disparities task force issued 18...