MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans brought in rocker and avid hunter Ted Nugent to publicize a package of bills that would declare open hunting season on sandhill cranes and allow anyone age 18 or older to carry concealed firearms without a permit. Nugent appeared Wednesday with more than 20 lawmakers inside the Assembly chamber, where the musician and conservative activist called hunting essential. The Wisconsin package of 13 bills is making its way through the Republican-controlled Legislature. If passed, they would have to be signed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers before becoming law. He is likely to veto many of them, including one allowing for carrying concealed weapons without a license.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney has filed another lawsuit against a former Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot three people, saying his department taught him to view Black people as dangerous. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by Kimberley Motley alleges that former Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah violated Jay Anderson’s constitutional rights when he fatally shot Anderson after discovering him sleeping in a park after hours in 2016. The lawsuit says Anderson followed all of Mensah’s commands but Mensah still considered him a threat because he was Black. Mensah, who is Black, said Anderson was reaching for a gun. The other fatal shootings were in 2015 and 2020, and prosecutors chose not to file charges against Mensah in any of the shootings.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman has entered a plea agreement for neglecting her 5-year-old son until he died and hiding his body in the trunk of her car for months. WLUK-TV reports that Sagal Hussein pleaded no contest Tuesday in Brown County Circuit Court to multiple charges, including child neglect resulting in death, hiding a child's corpse and neglect. Prosecutors dropped five other charges in exchange for her plea and her sentencing is set for Dec. 7. Court documents say Hussein's son, Josias Marquez, had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy but Hussein didn't get him medical treatment and didn't give him his seizure medication. Investigators discovered his body in a duffel bag in the trunk of Hussein’s car in March 2020.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has raised just over $1 million in the first 10 weeks after launching his bid for U.S. Senate, the most of any candidate so far. His campaign reported the summary totals on Wednesday ahead of a Friday filing deadline. Barnes is one of a dozen Democrats seeking the nomination. The seat is currently held by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who has not said yet whether he will seek a third term. The primary is Aug. 9. Other Democratic candidates include state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry.