The Kenosha County Board met tonight, June 21, 2022 and started out as it normally does. Citizens are allowed to address the Board members to voice their opinions in a section of the meeting titled “Citizen Comments.” Some Kenosha residents are more than upset at the red wave that hit the County Board. The Kenosha County Democratic Party, lead by failed senate candidate Lori Hawkins (D) and Jodi Meurhoff (D) rallied liberals from all over the county to oppose a measure that would end a decade-long prohibition against concealed carry in certain county buildings. They didn’t seem to expect, however, the many speakers that showed up to support the measure. Local activist Joel Trudell is frequently called a “troll” and is commonly seen at board meetings acting “off.” He was especially upset tonight, becuase the board was expected to end the prohibition on concealed carry. Trudell is married to Kenosha Attorney Kate Trudell of Johnson Bank, who is also a local liberal activist. Trudell was visibly mocking speakers that spoke in favor of the removal of the “no guns signs” at certain county buildings. He was admonished and warned several times during the first 10 or so speakers.
Chairman Nudo at first was very patient with Trudell, warning him and giving him warnings to be respectful of other taxpayers. Eventually it was Trudell’s turn to speak. He went off topic and started verbally attacking members of the board by name, questioning why they accepted campaign contributions, which is normal in elections. Trudell started to get uncivil and disorderly, raising his voice and shouting. He then verbally attacked a resident who passed him while getting in line to speak. He received another warning from Nudo. “I’ll get to you next Nudo!” Trudell shouted. After ignoring the Chairman’s repeated warnings, Nudo ordered Trudell to be removed from the podium. Two Kenosha Deputies politely asked Trudell to back away from the podium. Instead, Trudell refused verbally and clutched the podium saying “I’m not leaving. I am speaking!” Deputies repeatedly gave Trudell verbal commands that he ignored. The struggle ended up on the ground and Trudell continued to fight with the deputies. Three off duty police officers, KPD Officers Tyler Cochran, and Albert “Bryan” Gonzales and KSD Sgt. Dave Zoerner all rushed in to help as Trudell was still physically resisting. The meeting was abruptly adjourned and none of tonight’s business was handled.
Trudell was booked into the Kenosha County Jail at 8:45pm and spent about 12 hours in jail before being bailed out. The Sheriff’s department is asking DA Graveley to charge him with two criminal charges, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. DA Graveley is known to reduce charges to citations instead of criminal charges for liberal activists who he agrees with, like Justin Blake, who is now suing Kenosha County for $1,000,000. Let’s hope Graveley doesn’t play politics and lets the judicial system handle this menace.
Here are three videos and some photos of the encounter:
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