Man who protested outside Minneapolis judge’s home reportedly arrested in Waukesha

Cortez Rice, a BLM activist who famously led a protest inside the private building where a Minneapolis judge lives, has reportedly been arrested in Waukesha.

Cortez Rice was reportedly arrested in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on a Hennepin County warrant. (Left: Cortez Rice/Facebook; Right: Wikimedia Commons)

Cortez Rice was reportedly arrested in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on a Hennepin County warrant.

Hennepin County encompasses Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Rice lives. He is best known for falsely suggesting that he is a member of George Floyd’s family, leading a protest from inside the building where the judge in the Kim Potter trial lives, and claiming to know people who spied on the jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Now, he has reportedly been arrested in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a black nationalist recently drove his vehicle through a Christmas parade, leaving six dead and over 50 injured.

Antifa Watch, a popular Twitter account that monitors left-wing extremism, posted records that appear to show Rice on a Waukesha County jail roster, marked for extradition to Minnesota. Crime Watch Minneapolis has also confirmed that Rice was listed on the roster.

A Minnesota activist named Chaz Neal, who is a convicted sex offender and seems to know Rice, claimed that Rice was apprehended during a traffic stop, that he’s detained in Wisconsin and that a fundraiser will be set up soon for his legal defense. He also reported that Rice’s warrant was issued on Nov. 24 for “communication with jurors,” but this remains unconfirmed.

If Rice was, indeed, arrested for illegally communicating with members of a jury, it’s possible that he communicated with jurors in Hennepin County, where the warrant was issued. The most high-profile case in the county is that of Kim Potter, who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop earlier this year after mistaking her gun for a Taser. However, if Neal is correct that the warrant was issued on Nov. 24, this would place it before the start of the Potter trial, which began Tuesday.

Presently, it remains unclear exactly why Rice was arrested.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.