Wisconsin Weekly: Tension simmers in Kenosha after police shooting and protesters killed

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Fallout from Kenosha shootings; Bucks, Brewers boycott over police violence; Madison mulls reforms; evictions rise; rural students face digital divide


Of note: In the past week, the eyes of the nation turned to Wisconsin as protests erupted and buildings burned after Jacob Blake, a Black father, was shot in the back by Kenosha police in front of his children on Sunday. On Tuesday, armed militia showed up on the streets of Kenosha to guard property; one of them, a 17-year-old from Illinois, was charged with killing two protesters and wounding a third. That incident sparked a boycott by the Milwaukee Bucks that spread throughout the NBA to the Milwaukee Brewers and other professional sports teams, including the Green Bay Packers, who cancelled a preseason practice.

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Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Rev. Jesse Jackson rests after speaking at a news conference near 63rd Street and Sheridan Road in Kenosha on Thursday.

After calls for unity and healing, tension still simmers in Kenosha after police shooting of Jacob Blake

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — August 28, 2020

Days after a 29-year-old Black man was shot in the back by Kenosha police — and violent protests that turned deadly — Kenosha residents swept up glass and tried to heal a broken community. Related coverage: What we know about the victims of the Kenosha protest shooting that killed two men and injured another

NBA cancels playoff games after Bucks refuse to leave locker room

WPR — August 26, 2020

The Milwaukee Bucks have declined to play game five of their first-round playoff series in Orlando. The team’s decision comes after players in the NBA had reportedly been discussing a strike to protest the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha last Sunday.

Seeking ‘lasting justice’: As Kenosha navigates police shooting, Madison is poised to act on police accountability measures

Cap Times — August 26, 2020

In Madison, the City Council is poised to act as soon as next week on proposals to create an independent police monitor and civilian review board that some say could make the lasting change that protesters of police violence have been demanding.

Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch

Wyconda Clayton is seen with pictures of family members inside her home in Milwaukee on July 17, 2020. She fell behind on rent while caring for her elderly mother, prompting her landlords to file for eviction. She received last-minute rental assistance through the state, but the landlords refused to accept it. She hopes to eventually remove the eviction from her public record under an agreement to move within 60 days.

‘Nowhere to go’: Wisconsin renters face evictions as emergency aid falls short

Wisconsin Watch — August 22, 2020

Kelli Walton waited four weeks to hear whether she qualified for state emergency rental assistance. When the news came, it was too late. By the time the Social Development Commission, which distributes the aid, told her she was on a waiting list with thousands of others, Walton’s landlord had already issued a five-day notice — kickstarting an eviction.

Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch

Amy Jo Hellenbrand, center, says this spring’s move to virtual schooling due to the pandemic was very stressful as she and her husband Andy, left, juggled farm duties while running an in-home daycare and ensuring their four children completed school work. The Hellenbrands are seen with their children, from left, Lydia, Jillian, Louis and Reagan, near Dane, Wis., on Aug. 22, 2020.

Wisconsin’s rural students face a digital divide as some return to screens instead of school

Wisconsin Watch — August 25, 2020

As Wisconsin school districts reopen next week, some rural families are struggling to provide their children with adequate support for online instruction. Internet and cellphone service can be spotty in rural parts of Wisconsin. School districts are using CARES Act funding to buy hotspots for families and to help subsidize the cost of internet service as some students continue to take classes from their kitchen tables because of the pandemic.

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