source: Kenosha News
published: 9 March 2018
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said Friday appointing a special prosecutor in the 2004 death of Michael E. Bell would be unwarranted.
“This matter has been looked at six times by people with clear authority and expertise in this type of case,” Graveley said. “They reached the same conclusions three times: There are no reasons to re-open an investigation. As the district attorney, I should be quite cautious before deciding to re-open a case that already has been concluded.”
He was responding to a suggestion by trial lawyer and County Board supervisor Terry Rose, who said Thursday that naming a special prosecutor might be the best way to put to rest the matter of Bell’s fatal shooting by a Kenosha Police officer.
The shooting was ruled justified in 2004, but in 2010 the city settled a federal civil rights suit with the family out of court for $1.75 million.