Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 25, 2020 with Ryan Balch, another militia member. Rittenhouse was charged in the fatal shooting of two protesters and the wounding of a third during a night of unrest in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Balch claims police told him they planned to push protesters toward the armed civilians to allow the militia to “deal with them.” Kenosha police have not responded to that allegation. Credit: Adam Rogan / The Journal Times via AP
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Kenosha killing lawsuit filed; election outcome questioned; unauthorized use of tear gas; MKE suburbs elusive for Biden; ICE has gaps in COVID-19 data


Of note: This week we highlight a story about the first lawsuit filed in the wake of the killing of two protesters and wounding of a third by an armed teenager who answered the call to patrol the streets of Kenosha on Aug. 25.

The lawsuit was filed against Facebook, the Racine Guard, former Kenosha City Council member Kevin Mathewson and Ryan Balch, a militia member who claimed to have played a “tactical” role that fateful night. It was brought by a survivor of Anthony Huber, one of the two men killed, and three protesters who say they were threatened and harassed by the armed civilians. Wisconsin Watch earlier reported that Mathewson had invited militia to come to the city and Balch claimed police herded protesters toward the militia

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Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 25, the night he allegedly shot and killed two people and shot and injured another. On Friday his lawyers fought his extradition to Wisconsin. Credit: Adam Rogan / The Journal Times via AP

4 file federal lawsuit against Facebook, Kyle Rittenhouse, militia groups in wake of Kenosha protest shootings

Wisconsin State Journal — September 24, 2020

Four people have filed a federal lawsuit demanding that Facebook prevent militias and hate groups from using the site after the platform was used to draw armed people to protests in Kenosha that left two people dead and one wounded. 

The election that could break America

The Atlantic  — November issue

There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. But a Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman later responded that state statute does not give state lawmakers the authority to choose electors — one of the strategies outlined in reporter Barton Gellman’s piece.

Tear gas used against fleeing protesters without authorization

Isthmus — September 18, 2020

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney told Isthmus on Aug. 27 that noxious gas was deployed at the intersection of West Dayton and North Carroll streets — without authorization by Madison police command staff — because of an exigent threat to the safety of his deputies. But city surveillance camera footage of the incident, obtained by Isthmus, shows protesters didn’t hurl any heavy objects at deputies in riot gear.

American suburbs are tilting for Biden. But not Milwaukee’s.

The New York Times — September 23, 2020

The predominantly white neighborhoods outside Wisconsin’s largest city, among the nation’s most racially segregated suburbs, could be a key part of President Trump’s narrowing path to re-election.

Where ICE reports COVID-19 cases

Reveal — September 10, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began publishing data on coronavirus cases in its detention centers in late March, soon after the agency reported the first case of COVID-19 among people in its custody. But there are many gaps in that data, Reveal found.

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