Detective Benjamin Antaramian of the Kenosha Police Department was promoted this morning, December 21, 2021 to the rank of Sergeant. It will be effective on January 1, 2022. This was a unanimous vote by the City’s Police and Fire commission. This police and Fire Commission is a five member group that were all appointed to their post by Mayor John Antaramian. He is close friends with at least four of the five members. John Antaramian has been the mayor for more than 20 years 1992-present (gap from 2008-2016). Ben’s uncle, Mayor John isn’t his only powerful family member. His Dad is the Kenosha City Attorney and his cousins are a state representative, a City Judge, and a County Board Supervisor.
Detective Antaramain was the lead detective in the case against Kyle Rittenhouse. He is the law enforcement officer who found probable cause that Rittenhouse committed intentional murder. His resume boasts a 100% arrest rate for his two appearances as lead detective. It doesn’t, however mention the conviction rate. We know it is as low as 50%. Rittenhouse was found not guilty, even with the powerful Antaramian family doing anything they could to avoid that.
It is unknown what Detective Antaramian’s assignment will be as Sergeant.