Statement on the Shooting of Jacob Blake, the Damage to Kenosha, and the Special Session
(MADISON)—Today, Senator Tim Carpenter issued the following statement regarding the police shooting that took place in Kenosha on Sunday, and the events of the last 3 nights:
“I wish Jacob Blake a swift recovery, I hope that we may be able to hear his side of what happened Sunday evening. My sincere sympathy goes to his children and family, who witnessed Mr. Blake being shot. I hope that they can recover from that trauma.
“We need to honor the wishes of Jacob Blake’s family, who have asked for healing and change. Let any actions that you take be for peace, for the healing of Kenosha, its people, for communities across our state, and the healing of our country.
“Kenosha has seen its share of difficulty in the past. When Chrysler Corp. acquired AMC and halted production in 1988, it devastated the local economy, but Kenosha built itself back up stronger than ever. Following the destruction and casualty that has taken place in the last few days, Kenosha is facing another crisis now, but I have every confidence that the good people there will find their way through.
“Although an investigation has not been completed about why Jacob Blake was shot, it is clearly time for our state to take a look at the policies that we have in place and discuss and implement changes. The people of Wisconsin made this clear to us in May, after George Floyd was suffocated. At that time, the Legislative Black Caucus had told us of the need for a Special Session to address these issues.
“Now, after witnessing the events in Kenosha, our collective memory looks back on the moments that we have seen in our state, in our own memories of others who have been killed or treated unfairly. Too many of our fellow Wisconsinites have given up on justice, and feel like they cannot expect to be treated fairly by their government. It is time for the Legislature to show that we have heard the concerns of our citizens of color.
“The time is past for putting together task forces to discuss the existence of racial disparities. We have seen our state score last in metrics detailing drastic differences in education and incarceration for years. We have heard from demonstrators across our state who have brought forward their own solutions. Instead, it is time for us to convene the Legislature and pursue solutions—no more foot dragging, no more excuses and empty platitudes.
“I will be in my seat, prepared to do my job as a State Senator on August 31st. I trust that all of my colleagues will do their job and show up too.”
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- Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict - Graham Kilmer - Apr 21st, 2021
- Supervisor Taylor Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Apr 21st, 2021
- Accountability should not be such a rare commodity - Ald. Milele Coggs - Apr 21st, 2021
- Statement on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial - Ald. Chantia Lewis - Apr 20th, 2021
- Statement from Milwaukee Police Department on Derek Chauvin Verdict - Milwaukee Police Department - Apr 20th, 2021
- Live Stream From Justice 4 George Floyd Rally - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 20th, 2021
- Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Trial - Gov. Tony Evers - Apr 20th, 2021
- County Executive David Crowley Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict - County Executive David Crowley - Apr 20th, 2021
- Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas Statement on the Verdicts in the Chauvin Trial - Earnell Lucas - Apr 20th, 2021
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- Rittenhouse Trial Pushed to November - Corri Hess - Mar 10th, 2021
- Judge Denies New Arrest Warrant For Rittenhouse - Corri Hess - Feb 11th, 2021
- Rittenhouse Bond Is Modified - Henry Redman - Jan 26th, 2021
- Prosecutors Want Court to Ban Rittenhouse from Bars - Corri Hess - Jan 14th, 2021
- Kenosha DA Won’t Charge Cops in Blake Shooting - Corri Hess - Jan 5th, 2021
- Rittenhouse Will Stand Trial on All Charges - Megan Hart - Dec 3rd, 2020
- Rittenhouse Released on $2 Million Bail - Graham Kilmer - Nov 20th, 2020
- Man Charged With Buying Gun for Rittenhouse - Isiah Holmes - Nov 11th, 2020
- Rittenhouse Bond Set at $2 Million - Isiah Holmes - Nov 3rd, 2020
- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Provide Answers After Facebook Failed to Promptly Remove Event Calling for Violence in Kenosha - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - Nov 2nd, 2020
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- Kenosha Activists Arrested During Protest of Jacob Blake - Henry Redman - May 6th, 2021
- Body Cameras Key To Charges Against Police - Corri Hess - May 4th, 2021
- Wisconsin Police Donated to Officer that Shot Jacob Blake - Jenny Peek and Corrinne Hess - Apr 16th, 2021
- Kenosha activists respond to tonight’s Officer Sheskey announcement - Leaders of Kenosha - Apr 13th, 2021
- Kenosha Police Department Statement on Officer Rusten Sheskey’s Return From Administrative Leave - Kenosha Police Department - Apr 13th, 2021
- Jacob Blake Sues Kenosha Officer Who Shot Him - Corri Hess - Mar 26th, 2021
- Community Leaders Lament Jacob Blake Decision - PrincessSafiya Byers - Jan 9th, 2021
- Rep. Robyn Vining Responds to Kenosha DA Decision - State Rep. Robyn Vining - Jan 7th, 2021
- Body Cameras Would Have Helped Jacob Blake Shooting Investigation - Corri Hess - Jan 7th, 2021
- Joint Statement on Charging Decision in Jacob Blake Case - Milwaukee Common Council - Jan 6th, 2021
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