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Kenosha Police Department Steps Back From Blake Investigation

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Kenosha Police Department Steps Back From Blake Investigation

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation will lead the inquiry into the shooting of Jacob Blake as part of a standard process by the state, Kenosha’s police chief said.

“So by now, everybody is aware that the Kenosha Police Department — one of our officers shot an individual here in the city of Kenosha, which was the, for lack of a better term, the event that triggered the unrest. I don’t have a lot of great details about the incident because I wasn’t there. The state of Wisconsin has a statute and a procedure that removes the law enforcement agency involved in the use of force from the investigation. They control the scene to control evidence — to protect the scene to make sure that justice will be served in the end, no matter what that evidence showed, that was his job. The Kenosha Police Department steps back from that, and we become the people investigated rather than those doing the investigation. That is a recent change statutorily here in Wisconsin, one that I support. And I believe it adds transparency and greater oversight by sum. Unfortunately, what that also brings is what you see before you today, a chief who doesn’t have details about the incident.” “We’re going to be very assertive in taking these people. If you don’t follow the curfew, we’re going to do our best to take you into custody for that violation. We’re going to do to the 7 p.m. curfew until Sunday, and that might continue afterwards. It might get finished before. It is for — at this point, it’s the interstate and east, a 7 p.m. curfew.”

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