Journal Times editorial: Kenosha needs to be able to move forward | Editorial

As a consultant, retired Madison Police Chief Noble Wray seems like an excellent choice to review the state’s investigation into the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on August 23.

Wray was introduced in Kenosha on Monday, just as the ongoing probe was marking one month.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul gave no timetable but said the probe is “in the final stages” and the file would be “turned over soon.”

Wray, who retired from the Madison post in 2013, will review and analyze the final Department of Justice report and then give his findings to Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley.

Graveley will make the final decision on whether criminal charges should be brought against Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey or the two other officers involved in the shooting — Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek.

All three officers have been on administrative leave since the shooting, which set

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Journal Times editorial: Put politics aside and help Kenosha | Editorial

“The administration acted quickly by bringing initial assistance to Kenosha, and going forward I will continue working with the administration to provide additional resources to help our community come together and rebuild.”

So we really still don’t know whether the points made in the letter are valid and under review, but what we do know is Kenosha businesses and the Kenosha community need money. And fast.

And we also know that it’s well past time that Evers, Baldwin, Steil and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., worked in a bipartisan manner for Kenosha. That should have started the day after the riots and fires left millions of dollars in damage.

Instead, we’ve had partisan statements and now letters, visits by Evers and Steil, and not much from either senator.

These four should begin today working for Kenosha in a bipartisan manner that is so absent in politics today. They can start

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Journal Times editorial: Take steps to prevent the next Kenosha | Editorial

Evers himself said last week, “Clearly I would not change a thing I did. We met every request the city and county of Kenosha asked us.”

Whether it was enough has depended on your politics to this point.

For now, let’s disregard politics and agree that the governor did everything he could as fast as he could when widespread protests began and unrest soon followed. No debate, the early response was what the state could do and it showed great teamwork.

And the result: Kenosha burned.

There is no debate about that either. At last estimate there is $50 million worth of damage to as many as 100 businesses. The Uptown took a staggering blow.

The Guard was here – the governor did what he could – and Kenosha burned about 30 hours after the Blake shooting.

That cannot happen again, as the County Board supervisors said.

But what has

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