By Joshlin Sheridan, Marketing —
In the Past, But Not Forgotten
In 2004, Michael Bell Jr., 21, was shot by a police officer in the Kenosha Police Department. The young man was pulled over in his driveway initially because of suspicious driving. Although there are variations in versions of the story of what happened, what is clear is that there was a struggle between the officer and Bell Jr., which led to him being shot point-blank in the head in front of his mother and sister. Private investigators found evidence contrary to the information that the police provided.
For years, Michael Bell’s father advocated that the investigation again be opened up, believing that the police officers falsified a narrative of what occurred that night.
Billboards in Kenosha
On October 5th, a newly released report accused the director of Kenosha’s IT services of accessing private emails illegally and deleting messages with the Kenosha Police force. The Bell family believes this report is further evidence that things in the case were covered up and need further investigation.
The family has put up 14 billboards around the city that read “Who Should Step down over the Michael Bell Case?” and show Bell Jr.’s photo and campaign website. They hope that these billboards will spark the public’s attention enough to pressure law enforcement to re-open and investigate the case.
Preventing and Catching Police Fraud
While I do not know whose version of the Michael Bell Jr. story is most correct, I do believe that it’s important that law enforcement officials are honest and prevent corruption during investigations.
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