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