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Kenosha Man Out On Cash Bail For Violence Towards Police Makes Bid For Alderman

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Local Liberal Activist Joel Paul Trudell (43) of Kenosha Being Arrested After Fighting With Police
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

An extremist Kenosha man who is out of jail on bail awaiting trial for multiple charges, has announced he is seeking election to an open seat on the Kenosha City Council. Joel Paul Trudell, who was captured on multiple video recordings devices resisting arrest with violence against two Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies, made the announcement this week. On the paperwork, he lists KUSD as his employer

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Kenny Harper, Business Owner and Aldermanic Candidate
(facebook)

He lives in the 14th Aldermanic district that is being vacated by Daniel Prozanski. Trudell will face a well-known and well-liked business owner named Kenny Harper who owns and operates Harper Insurance & Financial Literacy Group.

The election will occur on April 2, 2024.

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Trudell’s Arrest

The Kenosha County Board met on 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 that evening, 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.

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Chairman Nudo at first was very patient with Trudell, warning him 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, by 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 then-KSD Sgt. Dave Zoerner all rushed in to help as Trudell was still physically resisting. The meeting was abruptly adjourned and none of the evening’s business was handled.

The following people emailed Kenosha DA Graveley (D) and asked him not to charge Trudell:

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Lori Hawkins (Kenosha County Democratic Party Chairman)
Jodi Muerhoff (Kenosha County Democratic Party Secretary)
Tanya Kitts Lewinski (Kenosha Teachers Union President)
Holly Kangas (Kenosha Alderman)
Tenille Kangas-Isome-Fick-Thornton (Signed Kenosha YMCA Member Engagement Director) Daughter of Alderman Holly Kangas
Ronald Stevens (Former boys and Girls Club Director)
Laura Marran (Kenosha.com)
Nina Ferraro (Liberal Activist)
Mary Manthei (2 Emails)
Sam Roochnik
Amanda Townsend
Kaylynn Steinmetz
Stacy Moore
Sue Benning
David Rinke
Marieta “Marie” Huff
Helen Breitenbach
Amy Feret
Amy Brothen
Toni Hanson

Graveley responded to most of the people saying “The Kenosha DA’s Office will continue to try to be neutral referees in these incredibly partisan, tribal times.”

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After telling KCE that he had no conflict and will personally handle the case, he then kicked the case to Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld who charged Trudell. Trudell is being represented by far-left extremist, William Sulton who is the Wisconsin ACLU’s President. It is unknown if Sulton approached Trudell to take the case pro-bono.

Let’s take a look at the Wisconsin Jury Instructions for the elements the prosecutors would have to prove to get guilty verdicts:

Resisting an Officer

  1. The defendant resisted an officer. A deputy Sheriff is an peace officer. To resist an officer means to oppose the peace officer by force or threat of force. The resistance must be directed to the officer personally.
  2. The Deputy was doing an act in an official capacity.
  3. The Deputy was acting with lawful authority.
  4. The defendant knew that the deputy was an officer acting in an official capacity and with lawful authority and that the defendant knew (his) conduct would resist the officer.

The video footage and sworn testimony of the two deputies would be more than enough to satisfy a jury beyond a reasonable doubt as to these three elements.

Disorderly Conduct

  1. The defendant engaged in (violent) (abusive) (indecent) (profane) (boisterous)(unreasonably loud) (or otherwise disorderly) conduct.
  2. The conduct of the defendant, under the circumstances as they then existed, tended to cause or provoke a disturbance.

This one is easier to prove to a jury. There were at least 4 minors in the room. They were high school students that participate in the “Youth in Governance” program that teaches kids how government is supposed to work. Unfortunately for theses students, they saw a 43-year-old-man fight police and drop “f bombs.”

William Sulton and Joel Trudell In Court Earlier This Year
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha County Eye has been granted press credentials for the upcoming trial of Joel Trudell. Trudell faces one year behind bars minus any time for good behavior for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. KCE has covered this case from the date of the arrest. I was there and photographed it. If Trudell and his lawyer get their way, KCE won’t be able to cover the trial. They don’t have a good argument to keep us out, so they are trying to use a loophole.

Trudell’s attorney subpoenaed me today to testify in the trial. I was a witness in my capacity as a journalist, but so were 50 other people. The prosecutor in this case, Zeke Wiedenfeld (D), didn’t subpoena me because it doesn’t make sense. It’s a simple case. Was Trudell disorderly and did he resist arrest? It was captured on at least three video cameras. In a text to me earlier this year, Sulton said that he will be asking the Judge to exclude me from the courtroom during testimony. This is called “excluding witnesses” and is used so that witnesses’ memories aren’t tainted by other people’s testimony. T. Clair Binger tried this trick during the Rittenhouse trial. He put me on the witness list, even though I was 15 miles away during the shootings. He wanted me out of the courtroom.

You can read more about Trudell here.

Trudell Attempting to Taunt Deputies by Blowing them Kisses
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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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  1. Amanda Townsend owns Simply Spoken therapy. It’s concerning that she feels that this behavior is acceptable. I will be pulling my child from her clinic.

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    1. Yes. Wonder how that works with her friendship with Kate (tubby’s wife). He is an outspoken cop hater.

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      1. I’d like to know what she saw in him. I mean she’s not a beauty queen, but he looks like he doesn’t know what soap and water are. I feel sorry for his kids

          1. Well she’s only managed to get a job at Johnson Bank. I’m sure her employers are real proud of her behavior…. Wonder if they have a behavior clause.

  2. This clown has multiple Facebook accounts bashing police and being a hypocrite. Who the hell would vote this jobless, idiotic, wanna be political activist into anything? Dude is a complete loser. PROTIP

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    1. Liberals are so stupid that they will probably somehow vote or cheat him in anyway. Just look around the country at dumocratic run cities and look who is president of our declining country.

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  3. Sulton sure spends a ton of time defending these liberal hacks while “people in the states care” at 3 maximum security prisons in this state are being denied basic human care. Try and see a dentist at Green Bay or Waupun. Okay, yeah sure. Or a doctor. It’s been widely reported on yet, Sulton is absent from these human rights issues, while defending fat, drunk, liberal loudmouths from Kenosha.

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  4. So we can have anyone just email the DA and say please don’t charge someone? Joel cries on social media, hates cops and demands justice!!! But he can break the law and we don’t demand justice? What a hypocrite he is. Joel Trudell is an embarrassment

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  5. Would love to see you do a sit down peice on all the alderman and mayor and candidates running to get a better view of what kenosha has coming for them in electon time, so far all I have seen was a few decent one’s, the rest are all liberal police hating nut jobs.

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      1. It’s not just mayoral candidates. There are others that are flying under the radar that need a deep dive…

  6. Troll Trudell and Lori Hawkins deserve each other–maybe they can both be aldermen of their prison block!

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  7. Liberals are so stupid that they will probably somehow vote or cheat him in anyway. Just look around the country at dumocratic run cities and look who is president of our declining country.

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  8. There is an uncomfortable parallel here: Donald J. Trump.

    Mr. Trump has yet to be convicted. Same with Mr. Trudell.

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    1. Not a parallel at all. We have proof on Joel via videos. And not facts or proofs on President Trump other than he loves the USA, Maga and liberals are creating false exercises. I see the libs in keno as hating the USA and kenosha.

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      1. Just look at the party affiliation of those who rioted and burned businesses here. That’s all you need to know.

        1. Don’t forget your party affiliation has a murderer, and violent anti government thugs that destroyed government property on January 6, 2023 anyone that lives this country would have never taken part in such a tragic event!

  9. That’s what you get from the Nanny State borne out of tax-payer-sanctioned government indoctrination: entitled narcissists who specialize in psychological projection and psychological manipulation.

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  10. “Underserved Communities!”

    Your “community” isn’t “underserved” – it’s a dangerous, dirty shithole.

    “That’s because it’s underserved!”

    No, that’s because it’s full of dangerous, shitty people who do violent crime as a hobby – so the rest of society avoids it because people don’t like being mugged, raped, and murdered.

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  11. Troll-dell should have to do time in prison for being such a menace to society. He is an evil, porn loving soily liberal who belongs behind bars!

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  12. Mr. Trudell has the right to seek public office if he qualifies. Even if convicted of misdemeanors he can still seek and hold office if the voters of his district choose to elect him. Kevin has done his best to make the case why that shouldn’t happen but in the end it’s the voters who call the shots.

    As a conservative, I will defend Mr. Trudell’s right to seek and hold office and also that of the people making the case why he shouldn’t be elected. Our Constitution becomes meaningless if it’s only for the people and ideas we like. Real conservatives not only get this but live and breathe it. CINO’s don’t.

    1. No one is saying he can’t run. People are saying he is unfit, and an embarrassment, which is also their right to as well. When you publicly bash police, government and make fun of citizens on Facebook and other platforms, you are a tool, troll and an embarrassment. Which is what everyone thinks of Joel. Being a conservative you should know that, but your comment seems more liberal and that of a hypocrite

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      1. The original comment totally recognized the right to seek office and to speak out against the candidacy. Real conservatism understands both. I think the guy is not and never will be ready for prime time.

    2. Literally not one person has said he should be stopped from running. He’s just gonna lose in a landslide because he’s a total bafoon.

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    1. This guy is not a liberal. Bobby and Ted Kennedy were liberal. He seems more like he’s obsessed and an anarchist.

      If he’s convicted part of his sentence should be to have to spend some time observing what police really do and have to put up with every day.

  13. His parents must be so proud of him. What a stellar son in law his in laws have. Well at least with the address posted I know his kids don’t go to school with mine.

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    1. Clowns on the left, jokers on the right and the politicians have their heads stuck so far up that they can’t see the damage they’ve done.

  14. Absolutely! The old Democratic party is dead. If convicted, Chubby Checker should be mandated to go on a ride along. Perhaps attend some 911 calls, show off his “diplomatic” skills (😂) and help diffuse the situation. #ProTip #ChubbyChecker

  15. Imagine this clown being your father, son in law or husband. What an absolute embarrassment. He thought being a wanna be tough guy at one meeting was going to make him a Kenosha activist. Which all it did was show his true self along with his associates, berg, Roberts, cardinali, and others that try to hard to be noticed.

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  16. Imagine being a neighbor to this fool. Nice neighborhood with well cared for homes. Then you have his eyesore of a home with a POS minivan, a “no justice no peace” sign in the yard, and an ugly rainbow flag hanging from the porch.

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  17. His fat ass sits and posts about Gaza and how to make it better. Go suit up you fat fuck and be a soldier then instead of being a keyboard warrior. Fucken clown

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  18. Dude has the nerve to call others tough on the internet. What a hypocritical fat slob. Joel, pro tip, more people laugh at you then with you, and you are not the activist you pretend to be. What an embarrassment

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  19. The Press not allowed and a DA that one more time chooses not to prosecute?
    WTF yo! Does the US Constitution apply in K County at all?
    Is this Trudel guy like the political arm of ANTIFA?
    We better start voting a little better our representatives and judges. Is this leftist loser who caused all those problems to Gonzalez and Solis?
    We gotta start voting better before they take total control of this county.

    1. The trial was moved to Feb/March I believe. Reach out to the prosecutor and let him know what kind of a citizen Joel is.

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