From reporting via Wisconsin Public Radio: “Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said that even before a white police officer shot Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back on Aug. 23, leaders were working on reforming systemic racism, but he admits enough wasn’t being done.”
For many, it feels like we’ve had more than enough wake up calls. Movement for police reform and social equality has been in need of broader support for many years. Following the death of George Floyd and now the shooting of Jacob Blake, widespread support for more police accountability seems to finally be here.
In Kenosha, leaders see a chance to affect real change in their community and don’t want to waste the opportunity while it’s here. Yet, at the same time, this is a community-based movement, and efforts to bring all voices and opinions to the table will be key.
According to WPR, “Beginning Sept. 20, [Kenosha] will host four, two-hour listening sessions that will be open to the public, but with limited capacity because of coronavirus restrictions. Feedback will be used for what city leaders are calling a ‘Kenosha Commit to Action Roadmap’ that was developed in partnership with local faith leaders and the U.S. Department of Justice.”
On the guest list for the sessions include various county officials and the Police Department itself. Whether the latter will show up, or what immediate progress will come from the sessions, remains to be seen. You can read more and stay on top of the story here.