We’ve all heard of “Koerri Elijah!” He’s the skateboarding journalist. He provided a service that was enjoyed by many. He traveled around on his skateboard throughout the City and live-streamed the rioting and looting while we watched from our homes.
His name is actually Koerri Washington. Like most people that are celebrated in Kenosha recently, he has a criminal record.
In 2007, Koerri was charged with Felony Criminal Damage to Property
Prosecutors said Koerri and his friend shattered all the windows of a car with baseball bats that belonged to a man they wanted to fight. Koerri took a plea deal and pled guilty.
In 2008, Koerri was charged with Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver after he was pulled over with drugs in the car wrapped in individual baggies. He took a plea deal and pled guilty.
In 2007, and twice in 2008 Koerri was charged and convicted in Municipal Court with open intoxicants in a vehicle, once while driving.
In 2010, Koerri was a suspect in a case in which a man who fit his description threw a brick through a window of a home. The suspect was thought to be Koerri. He was ID’d by a witness, but KPD didn’t arrest Koerri.
Why does this community nominate people like Koerri for accolades? Koerri appeared on a Facebook Poll for “Most Influential Kenoshan of 2020” Why? Because he videotaped mayhem? His name appears among the likes of fellow criminal Sharmain Harris and Porche Bennett. Let’s be honest, Kenosha hasn’t been on the map anytime recently for anything good. How about for the “Most Influential Kenoshan of 2020” we chose “The Kenosha First Responder”? Just a thought. Let’s stop celebrating criminals that do little to contribute.