KENOSHA, WI – In the nights following the police involved shooting of Jacob Blake, riots and looting have been widespread in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Several businesses, some of them historic, torched to the ground by criminals in a supposed reaction to Blake being shot.
Refusal of the Democratic Wisconsin Governor to bring an end to the violence has caused frustration of the good people in the area and now President Trump has vowed to send in federal police to stop the ongoing chaos.
— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) August 25, 2020
On August 26th, President Trump tweeted:
“TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
…TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020
Civil unrest and violence began shortly after the shooting of Blake in a Kenosha neighborhood on the 23rd. In that incident, Blake was involved in some type of disturbance and witnesses heard police telling him to drop a knife several times.
At some point, police attempted to arrest Blake (who had an outstanding warrant for many charges, including rape) who physically resisted them causing an officer to use a Taser on him.
The Taser was ineffective and Blake walked away from officers who had him at gun point and clearly kept yelling at him to stop. Blake refused and continued walking to the drivers side door of an SUV. An officer is seen grabbing Blake by the shirt as he reaches toward the floorboard of the vehicle and the officer opens fire, striking Blake.
Witnesses at the scene deny that Blake had any weapon, although they do admit that the officers were yelling at him to drop a knife. This of course sparked outrage when people watched the viral video of police shooting a black man in the back, all without knowing whether or not he was armed or if there was a weapon in the vehicle Blake was attempting to retrieve.
Blake did survive the shooting but is reported to be paralyzed as a result. He remains in the hospital and is listed in critical condition.
Members of Black Lives Matter took to the streets and immediately started destroying the town and everything in it. Rioters set fires to multiple businesses and in the process destroyed some buildings which had been standing for over 100 years. They also viciously attacked an elderly man who was defending his charitable business from looters.
Criminals also began violent confrontations with each other, resulting in at least three people shot, two of which died. President Trump, fed up with all of the violence that has been seen in Democratic-led cities, initially called on Democratic Governor Tony Evers to stop the chaos.
On August 25th, the White House reached out to Governor Evers and offered federal assistance in squashing the riots, and, of course, those efforts were refused.
Britt Cudaback, a spokeswoman for Governor Evers said:
“The governor informed them [the White House] that we would be increasing Wisconsin National Guard support in Kenosha and therefore would not need federal assistance in response to protests but would welcome additional federal support and resources for our state’s response to COVID-19.”
However, on the 26th, President Trump announced via twitter:
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance.”
We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020
At this time, the type of federal assistance that Evers is accepting has not been made clear. He has, however, ordered up an additional 250 National Guard troops to be deployed in Kenosha for this evenings protests and riots.
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Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s previous report on the goings-on of Kenosha.
On Tuesday night, a local man made it a point to stop and talk to those who were present at a riot that was taking place. He simply asked them to not destroy people’s businesses because they are people’s livelihoods.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 25, 2020
The response from the anti-police activists? They told him that they would burn his business down too. The Daily Wire reported that the man pleaded with the activists:
“What y’all don’t understand is that people have their lives in these businesses too.”
In response, a woman yelled back:
“So what? We pay for that! We pay for that!”
The man responded:
“So what, just because y’all too scared to go deal with the cops, y’all are just going to burn the whole town?”
The same woman yelled back:
The man said:
“Yeah and then y’all got maced and sh*t like that and y’all took off.”
He pointed in the direction of the police and said:
“Take your issues up with them.”
— Jim Dyment (@dymsail) August 26, 2020
In a video that was shared on social media, it appeared that someone tried to do something to his car because the jumped out with a baton and warned someone to leave his car alone. The crowd began yelling, telling him that he needed to go. Someone said to him in a snarky manner:
“Bye, have a nice day.”
The man responded:
“Go ahead, do my business. I don’t give a f*ck. Come on up.”
A woman in the crowd yelled:
“We’ll burn your shop down too. We’ll burn it down too.”
The incident happened as Kenosha saw a third night straight of violent protests and civil unrest after the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, 29.
Jacob Blake, the man shot by police in Kenosha, Wisc., has a history of assaulting police. He also has past charges for domestic abuse & a sex crime. There's a warrent for his arrest. BLM rioters are currently destroying the city to avenge the shooting. https://t.co/BErLeJdPwj pic.twitter.com/JhHcbis5kf
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 24, 2020
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that these violent protests have left a trail of smoldering destruction from the city’s government campus all the way to its Uptown area. At least six buildings burned to the ground, including small businesses and a Wisconsin probation and parole office.
100’s of people riot again defied curfew Tues night in Kenosha. 34 fires set with 30 businesses destroyed or damaged along with an unknown number of homes. Two people shot/murdered. A third in critical condition. https://t.co/I2YqxDfQHP
— Ted D. Bexar (@TedDBexar) August 26, 2020
Not to mention, 140 cars in a dealership lot were engulfed in flames and charred. Countless other buildings had smashed windows and vandalized exteriors. Christine Wallent’s furniture store that has been family owned and operated for the last 40 years said:
“This is numbing. This is our livelihood.”
Several others witnessed their buildings being damaged on Facebook live streams, hearing their own alarms sound and watching their property being destroyed. Kelly Towers, a member of the community who lives along 60th Street and who sometimes helps out at Treasures Within, a thrift store, said that people smashed windows and tried to set fire to several buildings.
Burned out cars and businesses are damaged following a night of rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
— Shawn Gary 🇺🇸 (@SgWildstyle) August 26, 2020
She said she saw people dousing flames with red gasoline containers and was called white slurs when she tried to intervene. Getting emotional, she said:
“The neighborhood is not bad. Hardworking small businesses.”
The thrift store owner, Jim DeGrazio said that he has been on the block for 28 years. His front windows were smashed, several items were stolen, and he found evidence of attempted arson. He said that his business probably took at least $10,000 in damages. After being asked if the business will recover, he said:
“I don’t really have a choice. This my livelihood. I’m not a quitter. I’m just trying to figure out what we did to deserve this. I treat people well.”
The tales from burned Kenosha are heartbreaking. Millions in damage, countless businesses looted, innumerable middle-class lives destroyed by BLM terrorists. When will our politicians hold these mobs accountable?
— Todd Davis (@DavisTodder) August 26, 2020
Wallent said that it will be difficult for the neighborhood to recover and that she cannot fathom Kenosha residents being responsible. She said:
“This isn’t a rich neighborhood. This’ can’t rebuild easily. I don’t believe anyone in Kenosha would do this.”
Authorities said that a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service was looted overnight. Computers and checkbooks were stolen. Lori Zetterberg, the branch manager, said that her business services 1,200 people in the area and e employs people who support the Black Lives Matter movement. She said:
“I have employees that need me to rebuild. This doesn’t get justice for anyone.”
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