Today, Ranon Brownlee was charged with the murder of Charniese Brown, a woman who he has beaten before. Today, Graveley pulled Gabriele off the case, at least for now, and appeared for the state. The police did their job and investigated domestic abuse allegations against Brownlee many times and referred criminal charges to Graveley. In two cases, one with Brown as the victim and the other with another woman were dismissed under the supervision of Graveley and his Deputy, Angelina Gabriele (D) who is running for Judge. Today Graveley responded to our earlier report by saying that the “victims recanted”. Here is something that Graveley knows or should know: domestic violence victims OFTEN recant allegations and try to help their abusers escape justice. Good prosecutors prosecute anyway. Some even charge the victim with perjury or obstruction for defending their abusers by lying after the fact. It sounds rough, but in jail, at least they won’t be killed like Brown was, so tragically and unnecessarily.
The cycle of domestic violence shouldn’t be a new thing to prosecutors like Michael Graveley and Angelina Gabriele. They shouldn’t be dropping charges against woman-beaters simply because they return to the “honeymoon phase”. As you could have guessed, Brownlee has been arrested many, many times and is a violent felon. He is now an accused murderer and will likely die in prison, as he should.
Michael Graveley (D) is nothing more than a politician and his actions are partisan. If he continues to lead the DA’s office, he needs to prioritize violent offenders. Kenosha is getting worse. We’re not far from being like Racine.
Watch today’s hearing below.