A police officer-involved shooting on Sunday of a Black man who was shot in the back set off violent protests in the lakefront city of Kenosha,Wis., that have lasted into the early hours Monday. Many details of the shooting were not immediately clear, but the following unrest prompted the city to issue a curfew until 7 a.m. on Monday and police asked businesses to consider staying closed “due to numerous arm robberies and shots fired calls,” Fox News reports.
Another city joins the growing list of cities under chaos from riots and looting from outrage of Police involved shooting. Reports came in that the rioters were armed with firearms and shutting down city roads and blocking roads from traffic as they set fire to stores and stormed into a riot in Kenosha, WI.
Armed rioters shut down streets in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday night as the city fell into chaos after a police-involved shooting earlier in the evening.
A large group of rioters – including at least two armed rioters – blocked a police armored car from proceeding down a street. After a standoff, the police began throwing tear gas canisters from the top of the vehicle to disperse the crowd. Moments later, gunshots rang out after one of the protesters appeared to open fire, Breitbart reported.
This is insane. BLM rioters armed with semi-auto rifles have shut down the street in #Kenosha and ordered a Sheriff’s vehicle to stop. Video by @livesmattershow. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/cDhmOBG1p9
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 24, 2020
Reports are that Police were dispatched to a domestic call and when the situation turned when the black male refused to listen to officer on scene. The officers were yelling orders at Jacob Blake, Blake ignored the officers and circled around an SUV to gain entry into the vehicle. One of the officers then grabbed Blake by the back of the shirt to detain him, then the officer allegedly shot Blake 7 times in the back.
Officers provided immediate aid to the shooting victim, Kenosha police reported, and he was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert.
The Journal-Sentinel reported that a large crowd appeared at the scene and small fires were set in the street. One video purported to show a police officer knocked out during a protest. One person could be heard saying, “He got bricked.”
Video appears to show police officer knocked unconscious after being struck in the head with a brick; Curfew declared in the city of #Kenosha after police shooting
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 24, 2020
This is the tear gas that I ran from. I saw this sheriff’s deputy deploying multiple rounds of tear gas from this armored vehicle. You can see him throw one at the start of the video. It filled the air in downtown #Kenosha. My face & eyes were burning @tmj4 #Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/WKB6Ja271X
— Lauren Linder (@lauren_linder) August 24, 2020
Our nation is spiraling out of control and it is clear that something needs to be done to bring peace back to our cities and our streets.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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