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Brief Unrest After Kenosha Activist Crowd Chant’s “We Wanna See The Body!” In Immediate Aftermath of In-Custody Suicide

Suicide Scene – Still Capture From Koerri Washington
(Fair Use Exemption)

Moments after a 36-year-old Somers, WI man shot himself fatally in the custody of Pleasant Prairie Police Officers, some brief civil unrest ensued. Involved, was a group of far-left progressive activists including Devynn Johnson, Koerri Washington, Portia Bennett-Bey, Tanya McLean, members of C.U.S.H., and others. Officers and Deputies from the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s department immediately set up a perimeter and sealed off the crime scene. They also put up a privacy tent around the deceased man’s body. This prompted anti-police conspiracy theorists to accuse the police of setting up the tent to “hide evidence” and “cover it up.” The group, lead by Johnson, started chanting, “We wanna see the body! We wanna see the body!” Johnson then screamed obscenities at the police officers screaming that “[if I was that dead man over there] I would want everyone to know that the cops fucking shot me.” A Kenosha Police Officer assured Johnson that the police didn’t shoot anyone. She then rattled back very loudly, “that’s not what I think, that’s what I know!” Police then asked Johnson to calm down and she continued to yell obscenities and provoke the officers. That’s when other people present started the threaten the officers and one man called the officer by his first name and called him a “pussy.” A black woman even called the officers “pussy ass bitches,” and “white fucking honkies.”

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Devynn Johnson (25) of Kenosha
(Still From KSD BWC Footage)
2019 Booking Photo of Devynn Johnson
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

Devynn Johnson was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct. According to records, Johnson has two active restraining orders against her and she was arrested in 2019 for battery and disorderly conduct, but Kenosha DA Michael Graveley’s office refused to charge her.

Kenosha Criminal and Candidate for Mayor, Koerri Washington
(Still From KPD BWC Footage)

Also on scene and causing a stir, was mayoral candidate Koerri Washington, who called himself “Koerri Elijah” while he gained some temporary fame for filming the riots on a skateboard, because he has a revoked driver’s license. Washington was observed on body-camera footage getting angry that police told him to get back when he was getting to close to the crime scene. Police were initially very kind to him, asking him to back up. He then stated that he was upset that the police didn’t “know who [he was.]” He later said that “everyone in Kenosha knows who I am.” Washington apparently thinks that his temporary fame qualified him to have access to a crime scene, something that the Supreme Court has even ruled is off limits for the media, which makes sense. He also accused police officers of battering him – a claim we couldn’t verify after watching all available body cam footage.

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Racine County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michael Luell
(Racine County Sheriff’s Office)

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the suicide and can’t comment on the investigation, but Lt. Michael Luell did answer KCE’s questions about the tent that was around the body saying in part:

“Investigators may use visual barriers to protect the dignity of the decedent and the privacy of the decedent’s families, friends, and loved ones while they are enduring an incredibly emotional event.  The public does not have the “right” to inspect a crime scene which may contain gruesome evidence or stare at a dead body.  Even after a crime has been investigated, the case has been litigated, and open records requests are made, the public is not entitled to video or photographic documentation of sensitive evidence.  Furthermore, investigators routinely withhold parts of an investigation until the conclusion of the case to ensure the integrity of the investigation. Law enforcement will not be influenced by spectators chanting “Show us the body” or other crass statements.”

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Pete Deates, President – Kenosha Professional Police Association

Kenosha Professional Police President, Pete Deates, a long-time detective had the following to say about the incident on behalf of his organization:

“I wish people would understand that we have to establish boundaries to keep the integrity of the investigation. I also wish people would have respect for the people involved and the families that are affected.”

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KCE is releasing all of the body-worn-camera footage we obtained, unedited so our readers can judge for themselves.


  • 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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35 Responses

  1. Some mayor candidate. Way to click bait views to harass cops and beg for an answer. I’m sure if he were mayor he would release info 10 mins after an incident with no investigation. That’s how we all know he is unqualified and no experience

    1. The office of Mayor seems to attract and unhealthy amount of mentally ill and losers in general. Hopefully this guy will find a rich doctor to marry, and just go away. ?

  2. Man….that grotesue chick must have a cooch you can smell all over town. Likely sometbing rotting in her/its vagina.

  3. Nice that you released the video of the protest. When are you going to release the video of the the arrest and search? Funny how you go out of your way to make the family, public and prisoner look bad but the police fuck up is a big secret. Hello people can’t you see the diversion.

    1. Why don’t you do a request for the video and pay lawyers when the City denies your request like the KCE Fed up?
      Be a citizen journalist instead of expecting others to do your work.
      BTW nobody is going to get their hands on that footage until the investigation is done, dummy.

    2. Right. These cops are trying to kill everyone In the whole community. Look what they did to Blake. I mean he was a great person, just trying to take his kids to dairy queen

  4. My question; how did that d johnson chick go from malnourished in 2019 to too fat to fit in a standard patrol car in only 4 years?
    My best guess: Popeyes.

  5. That’s the problem with our society. These idiots. Screaming we wanna see a dead body and we know the cop shot him. With no fucken evidence at all. Stating it’s a fact! With it happening only hours prior and then running to the streets. Get a fucken life! And nice job koerri showing everyone how you are not gonna be mayor.

  6. It’s election season. My guess is they are paid protestors. They pulled it off in 2020, not this time dickheads! New sheriff, new rules.

  7. Unbelievable how horribly the police are treated! i feel so bad for them having to endure such vile language and treatment. Every single one of these people treating the police this way should be charged and actually put in jail–not released–like Gravely does. My mother died of suicide–I would never want anyone else to see her deceased body! it was traumatic enough for me, let alone having the public see her. I would rather they remember her the way she was–a beautiful lady.

  8. Unbelievable how horribly the police are treated! i feel so bad for them having to endure such vile language and treatment. Every single one of these people treating the police this way should be charged and actually put in jail–not released–like Gravely does. My mother died of suicide–I would never want anyone else to see her deceased body! it was traumatic enough for me, let alone having the public see her. I would rather they remember her the way she was–a beautiful lady. This is so sad.

    1. I hear you TOOL. Hopefully the new comfort dogs can help after a busy shift of violating rights, slapping those cuffs on real tight, lying and threating people for nothing.

  9. Cops sorta get my sympathy when watching what the have to deal with….
    But…that is tempered by the fact that many cops support the politicians who support an environment that fosters the attitude and life style you see in the body cams.

    Fair to mention law enforcements role coming out of the K-Town looting and burning a few years ago seems to have only focused on hanging a certain young man for ending he looting and burning.

    There used to be a time when one of the KPD downtown door shakers would have parted the top of the head of that loudmouth scum with a hickory stick.

  10. Just the usual batch of “shit stirrers” that are hired to “protest” in between drinking and getting high. Bottom feeders on parade.

  11. People need to relax and let the police do their job, But the issue is this,
    Kenosha doesn’t trust the police!
    Due to the past and present behavior are officer and officials.
    They are not truthful. They have been caught in so many false statements lie scams.
    let’s ask a few questions to see if Kenosha pd and are officials will answer.

    1. why won’t they look at bullet for Mike Bell
    2. what was the outcome of the fleet service guy stealing?
    3.what was the other kids name in the truck that crashed into play it again sports
    they told us the deceased ones, but why not the driver or the passengers, or what they found in the truck?? Who are these kids, who are the parents that you dont want no one to know.
    humm ?

  12. There is zero reason da cops had to shove her in the car for swearing. she couldnt breathe and said her wrists hurt, it’s not like she was a danger or violent. how stupid and zero though of de-escalating. these cops are good at escalating only.

    1. That’s the go to now… can’t breathe. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Or she couldn’t breathe her own stench

  13. “We wanna see the (deceased, bloody) body!” What the f*ck is wrong with you people?!?
    Chanting to see someone’s loved one laying in the street, deceased with a gun shot wound? What the f*ck? What if it was your loved one…?
    Chanting in disrespect to the family by WANTING his deceased body in the open for strangers to take pictures and video to post on social media before all the family is even notified? Making the family relive the worst day of their life over and over because it’s all over social media, uncensored and topic of conversations everywhere? What the f*ck? What if it was your loved one…?
    The police are are being attacked for respecting the victim, his family and shielding that sight from any families/kids out in the area? What the f*ck? What if it was your loved one or if it was your kid that had to see it…?
    If they wouldn’t have shielded the body then they would be attacked for that. It’s a loose/loose for law enforcement having to defend themselves to the public while having to defend the public from each other…

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