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“My Wife Is An Attorney!” – Body-Cam Footage And Police Report Released Of Joel Trudell Arrest

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Kenosha Sheriff’s Sgt. Chase Forester Giving A Demo Of The New Body-Warn Cameras To County Board on May 18, 2021
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The body-camera footage and police report documenting the arrest of 43-year-old Joel Trudell of Kenosha at the June 21, 2022 County Board meeting has been released. You can read here and here to catch up. The public has already seen multiple videos of Trudell’s abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, and unreasonably loud conduct and followed by a physical resisting of arrest. The body-cam footage shows us a little more. The police reports also detail a significant amount of conduct leading up to Trudell’s arrest.

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Blowing Kisses

Deputy Duncan writes in his report that “prior to Joe[l] taking his turn at the podium, he had interrupted other citizen comments and had been warned multiple times by the chairman to remain civil. At one point, after noticing that deputies were looking in his direction after one of his disruptions, he seemed to blow a kiss in our direction in a loud audible fashion. It appeared that he was trying to mock us while we were performing our duties. I took note of the behavior and continued to supervise the rest of the proceedings.”

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This is clearly shown in the following video:

Many of the people defending Trudell are insisting that his first amendment rights were violated. This case really comes down to two issues.

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1) Was the chairman justified in ending Trudell’s comments?

In the Deputies’ reports, and from what was visible from the county’s cameras, it is clear that Trudell was disruptive throughout the entire meeting, not just when his turn came to speak at the podium. Deputies also document a man who interrupted Trudell and was likewise warned from the chairman. This is a man known and friendly with the chairman. This suggests he treated people friendly to his policy and opposed to his policy the same. After all, many people spoke against the second amendment proposals that were not cut off by the chairman.

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2) Did Trudell resist a lawful arrest and commit the misdemeanor crime of disorderly conduct?

Wisconsin Statute gives the chairmen of all levels of governmental bodies the authority to call speakers out of order and have them removed from the podium or even the building. The chairman is tasked with keeping order. The chairman does not have the authority to order someone to be arrested. In this case, he asked the deputies to remove Trudell from the podium. That was it. The two Deputies, who are well-respected among their colleagues made the determination that there was probable cause for an arrest of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest when he failed to remove himself from the podium, a lawful order from a peace officer and then physically resisted arrest. Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld agreed with the deputies and issued charges.

Body-Cam Footage

We learned from the body-cam footage that after Trudell was removed from the chambers, he told deputies, “My wife is a lawyer guys, just so you guys know!” Indeed, Trudell’s wife is an attorney and works for Johnson Bank as the Vice-President of the Wealth Fiduciary department. Many wives would be embarrassed by this conduct, but reportedly, not Kate. She has been requesting police records and talking about a lawsuit.

Joel Trudell and Wife Kate Trudell

We also learned deputies were calm, cool and collected and treated Trudell with respect all the way to the jail. We also learned that Deputy Wilson remembered his training and activated his body-warn camera with his right hand while Trudell was resisting arrest in his other hand. Here is a still photo of Deputy Wilson activating his body-cam, which is a button attached to his police vest.

Deputy Wilson and Trudell

If Wilson, didn’t do this in time, we wouldn’t have the extra footage. We asked the Sheriff’s department about Deputy Wilson’s quick action and Kenosha Sheriff’s department Public Information officer Sgt. Wright told us:

All of our sworn staff and detentions staff that are required to wear body cameras are instructed to follow our department policies and procedures as it relates to body cameras.  The KSD provides training and expects all of our employees to be cognizant of when their body-worn cameras should be on and activated.  That being said, Deputy Wilson is a well-trained deputy and does great work for the KSD.  We are proud of the work he does for the department and the community.

Click here to read the police reports from Trudell’s arrest.

The body-worn-camera footage is below:

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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16 Responses

  1. I know you don’t like this twit and he doesn’t like you but in the context of Kenosha’s crime problem he’s in the bottom 1% and should have been given citations after his arrest. The more you talk about him the more you give him attention he does not deserve. Time to move on to much bigger and more important issues. He’s not the first person to be contemptuous at a meeting and won’t be the last.

      1. Absolutely. Police should be respected but what it was at the end of the day is a temporary disturbance that was quelled. This douche should be fined big time rather than make taxpayers pay. He is an idiot, not a public threat (well, maybe a nuisance).

    1. Suggesting lenience for one criminal just because there’s other criminals that might be worse is the stupidest shit I’ve heard today.

  2. At the end the cop says “did u see resistance” and the officer on audio is heard saying no. Are there subtitles available? Just wondering to make sure I heard correct. Either way whether he was or wasn’t….. I agree with the above statement. You are giving this more attention than needed and feeding into it. I prefer when u find out stuff that no one knew like steinbrink, Dave beth, ect. I like that keno county eye the best not the petty attack stuff

    1. I disagree, I think this is an excellent and important article, especially if he’s attempting to sue the county.

  3. KCE can blow one once in awhile. With all the shootings, sexual assaults and other violent crimes and a revolving door at the DA’s office and the law enforcement agencies we’re going to worry about some loudmouth? He got slammed down, handcuffed and taken to jail. Shouldn’t get away scot free but not worth giving him a stage, either. And Nudo has a thin skin. I won’t dignify this loudmouth by even mentioning his name but his 15 minutes of fame should end…now.

  4. The Left is unhinged. Every day there appears to be a challenge from the Left to see who can do some outrageous act that raises their bar of uncivility just a bit more. Trudell seems to be going that extra mile trying to impress the females that run the Kenosha County Demorat Party, incuding his wife, with his loud and uncivil, disruptive mouth; which obviouly is a prerequisite within the Liberal camp. When will Joel learn he’s just being used?

  5. His wife is a sub-par attorney who works as an employee. Literally none of the foremost financial attorneys in Kenosha or Racine know who she is…

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