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November 5, 2021

Juror dismissed from Rittenhouse trial for joking about Jacob Blake shooting

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed a juror in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial after a court deputy reported that the man told a joke about the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

“I’m going to summarize what I remember, what I was told,” Schroeder said. “He was telling a joke … he told the officer … he made a reference about telling a joke about ‘Why did it take seven shots to shoot Jacob Blake,’ something to that effect.”

Prosecutor Thomas Binger said the remarks showed racial bias. Blake, who is Black, was shot by a white Kenosha police officer and left partially paralyzed.

“The joke is in bad taste, there are a plethora of bad jokes out there with everything to do with all this, this is one of them. But I think the rest of this joke, as it were, suggests some sort of racial bias which I think comes into play,” Binger said.

Though the juror claimed the joke had “nothing to do with the case,” Schroeder disagreed.

“It is clear that the appearance to bias is present and it would seriously undermine the outcome of the case,” Schroeder said.

Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, killed two men and wounded another during the protests after police shot Blake seven times on August 23, 2020.

Rittenhouse, now 18, pled not guilty to seven charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree attempted intentional homicide.


Juror in Kyle Rittenhouse trial dismissed for telling joke about police shooting of Jacob Blake

October 2, 2021

Report: over 17,000 deaths caused by police misclassified since 1980

A new report uncovered troubling statistics regarding police-involved deaths.

According to an article published in The Lancet, researchers found that 55.5% of deaths from police violence between 1980 and 2018 were misclassified in the U.S. National Vital Statistics System, which tracks information from death certificates.

“For most causes of death, the death certificate filled out by a physician is sort of the gold standard,” said study author Chris Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. “There is a pretty systematic underrecording of police violence deaths. “

However, one criminology expert is dubious of the findings.

“My concerns with this paper are the same as many that use these crowd-sourced databases,” said Justin Nix, associate professor of criminology at the University of Nebraska. “I’m not saying we don’t need to track that in these sorts of databases, but I’m just saying that all police killings are not created equally.”


More than 17,000 deaths caused by police have been misclassified since 1980

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