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The investigation pointed out that his son’s DNA was never found on the gun and there is no evidence he touched it. .td_category_template_4 .td-category-siblings .td-category a:hover, KENOSHA -- Michael Bell Sr. has spent 15 years trying to clear his son's name after Michael Bell Jr. was shot and killed by Kenosha police -- the officer's use of force ruled justified. color: #1e73be; var td_email_user_incorrect="Email or username incorrect! It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. color: #1e73be;

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Bell successfully lobbied the State of Wisconsin and got the state’s law changed to prevent law enforcement agencies (LEA) from using their own detectives to exonerate their fellow boys in blue without oversight from outside agencies. .td-left-smart-list:hover, var tds_snap_menu=""; } }; div.wpforms-container .wpforms-form div.wpforms-submit-container button[type=submit] {

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.td-instagram-user a, The, But so far Bell has not persuaded the Kenosha Police Department, the Kenosha Police and Fire Commission, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the Kenosha County District Attorney or the Wisconsin Department of Justice to reexamine the case of his son’s killing. .woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs:before { .td-rating-bar-wrap div,

} The year before, large demonstrations swept across Madison after a police officer there shot and killed Anthony Robinson Jr., a 19-year-old Black man who was unarmed, during a scuffle inside his apartment.

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The arrest of Mr. Floyd was captured by police body cameras and bystander cellphone video. #bbpress-forums .bbp-pagination .current, During this meeting, Gonzales told Bell to his face he would do it all over again if the same circumstances were in place. .widgettitle:after, // td_js_generator - mini detector .td-next-prev-wrap a:hover, a.vc_btn-black.vc_btn_outlined:hover, .td_block_template_14 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, .woocommerce-page .woocommerce a.button:hover,

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Michael M. Bell’s work led to that change — a bipartisan 2014 law that requires that when a person dies in the custody of a law enforcement officer, an agency other than the officer’s must investigate. Anthony Kennedy, the alderman for the district who lives two blocks away from the shooting, said in an interview that he had concerns about what some people who were marching through the area might do. this.found_posts = 0; //from wp As Bell was sitting down to dinner with his family on Sunday evening, he says, he hadn’t yet heard about the shooting. #bbpress-forums .bbp-body .sticky li.bbp-topic-title .bbp-topic-permalink, } “I’m going to withhold my judgment until we see all the facts in this case but it looks pretty bad,” he said. } gtag('config', 'UA-143555267-1'); The state Department of Justice said that its Division of Criminal Investigation was leading the investigation into the shooting. According to Bell, it has been through several drafts and was to be released as soon as this week. .wpb_default:hover,

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One similarity in particular struck him: “There were family members sitting right there” — Blake’s three children, in the back seat of his vehicle. background-color: rgba(0,0,0,.5); .td-404-sub-sub-title a:hover,

#bbpress-forums .bbp-topic-permalink:hover, Tony Evers introduced in June, said he has spoken with Wanggaard about the senator’s bill, but would need to see it in final form before commenting on it.

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People contacted him via the Facebook page he maintains about his son’s death, urging him to watch the video recorded by a bystander  of the encounter between Blake and police on Sunday. .tds-button2:before, background-color: #749FD4 !important; .woocommerce-checkout .woocommerce input.button:hover, .td-grid-style-6.td-hover-1 .td-module-thumb:after, "@type": "BreadcrumbList", .woocommerce-page .woocommerce a.button:hover,

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Little did Gonzales know it but Bell was recording the encounter and gave the Free Thought Project the exclusive audio recording as proof his son’s killer was unapologetic about killing his son. .woocommerce .product #respond input#submit:hover,

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But so far Bell has not persuaded the Kenosha Police Department, the Kenosha Police and Fire Commission, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the Kenosha County District Attorney or the Wisconsin Department of Justice to reexamine the case of his son’s killing. background-color: #749FD4 !important; .td-scroll-up, htmlTag.className += ' td-md-is-firefox';

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var td_email_incorrect="Email incorrect! } Kenosha Police Shooting of Black Man Is Investigated by Wisconsin Authorities. Mr. Bell led efforts in 2014 to pass a law that requires police-involved shootings to be investigated by outside agencies. .td-header-wrap .td-header-menu-social .td-social-icon-wrap a { .tds-button6:after, } "@id": "https://wisconsinexaminer.com/",

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.widget_display_replies .bbp-author-name, Senior Reporter Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, along with related subjects, for the. Bell has coauthored an article arguing for that principle with journalist Bill Scott, another aviator whose son was killed by police in 2010. Around midnight, the city of Kenosha issued a curfew until 7 a.m., and the county said Monday the courthouse would be closed because of “damage sustained during last night’s civil unrest.”, Mr. Evers said on Twitter on Sunday night that Mr. Blake had been “shot in the back multiple times” and that the governor stood “against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”. } .td-category-siblings .td-subcat-dropdown a:hover, position: absolute; .td-social-icon-wrap > a:hover, Bell says the process as he envisioned it would allow the proposed investigative body — with members named by the governor, the attorney general, legislative leaders of both parties, and representatives from police organizations, the state public defender’s office and prosecutors — to refer some cases for prosecution. .sf-menu > li:hover > a:after, “The system here is broken.”.

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.td_category_template_8 .td-category-header .td-category a.td-current-sub-category, Michael Bell, Sr., who we’ve interviewed on numerous occasions has tried unsuccessfully to bring his son’s killer to justice and now must live through yet another officer-involved shooting in his hometown.