During the third straight night of demonstrations in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, a white, 17-year-old police admirer, was arrested on Wednesday after two people were shot to death. Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, around 15 miles from Kenosha, was apprehended in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intended homicide in the attack on Tuesday, leaving a third person wounded. This was mainly recorded on a cellphone video. Kyle was heard saying, “I just killed somebody.” He carried a semi-automatic rifle.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha after the killing. The governor’s office said he was working with other states to bring in additional National Guard members and law officers.
Though protesters ignored it again on Wednesday, Authorities had announced a 7 p.m. curfew. On Tuesday night, demonstrators marched through the intersection where the two people were shot, gathering around the spot where one person was shot while praying and laying flowers protest was Daijon Spann’s friend.
Daijon indicated that he couldn’t take it anymore by just sitting there and watch his friend die. Evers, a Democrat, issued a statement asking non-demonstrators to “please stay home and let local first responders, law enforcement and members of the Wisconsin National Guard do their jobs,” while those who wanted to exercise their First Amendment rights to “please do so peacefully and safely.” In contrast to the violent clashes that marked earlier nights of protests, the protests were mostly peaceful as early as on Thursday. No groups were patrolling with long guns as they had on previous nights.
The Justice Department in Washington stated that it is sending in more than 200 federal agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Marshals Service. The White House stated that up to 2,000 National Guard troops would be manning the areas. The two were identified as a 26-year-old Silver Lake, Wisconsin, resident, and a 36-year-old from Kenosha while the wounded person, a 36-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin, was expected to survive. The 19-year-old protester Devin Scott told the Chicago Tribune stated that they were all chanting `Black lives matter’ at the gas station when they heard, boom, boom.
Scott said a woman started performing CPR after cradling a victim in his arms. Eyewitnesses accounts and video footage show that as members of the crowd were yelling for him to be arrested because he had shot people, police let the gunman walk past them and leave the scene with a rifle over his shoulder, and his hands in the air. Sheriff David Beth stated that the victim ran away as it was a chaotic, high-stress scene, with lots of radio traffic and people screaming, chanting, and running. On his transfer to Wisconsin, Rittenhouse was given a public defender in Illinois for a hearing Friday. According to Wisconsin law, anyone 17 or older is taken to be an adult in the criminal justice system.
With references to Blue Lives Matter, much of Rittenhouse’s Facebook page is devoted to praising law enforcement. In a photograph posted by his mother, he can be seen holding an assault rifle while wearing what appears to be a blue law enforcement uniform. In recent nights, militia members or armed vigilantes had been patrolling Kenosha’s streets. However, before the shooting, there was a video taken showing police tossing bottled water from an armored vehicle to armed civilians walking the streets. And one of the gunmen appears to be Rittenhouse. In the video, an officer is heard saying to the gunmen over a loudspeaker, “We appreciate you being here.”
In an interview conducted before the shooting by the conservative website The Daily Caller, the gunman stated that since people are getting injured, their work is to protect the businesses. Rittenhouse indicated that part of his job was also to help people when they are hurt. The gunman confirmed that to be the reason he had his rifle. A black Wisconsin Lt. Gov.
Mandela Barnes said that white militias had been ignored for too long, and the shootings were not surprising. Mandela added that there are many armed gunmen, protesting, walking into state Capitols, and everybody as if it’s just okay. In Wisconsin, it is legal for individuals 18 years and over to carry a gun without a license openly.
Julio Rosas, a witness who is 24, stated that when the gunman stumbled, “two people jumped onto him, and there was a struggle for control of his rifle. At that point during the struggle, he just began to fire multiple rounds and that dispersed people near him.” Rosas said that the rifle was being jerked around in every direction as it was being fired.
Besides, on Sunday, Blake, 29, was shot in the back seven times as he leaned into his SUV with three of his children seated inside. State authorities identified the officer who shot Blake as Rusten Sheskey on Wednesday, just three days after the shooting. The Wisconsin Justice Department said that Sheskey shot Blake while holding onto his shirt after officers first unsuccessfully used a Taser.
Before the gunfire erupted, the video shooter has said he heard officers yell, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!”. However, he stated that he didn’t see a knife in Blake’s hands, and State authorities have not said Blake threatened anyone with the knife. Ben Crump, the lawyer for Blake’s family, said on Tuesday that it would “take a miracle” for Blake to walk again. He called for the arrest of the officer who opened fire and the others involved to lose their jobs. Vice-President Mike Pence has called for an end to violence in Kenosha and “law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color.”
On the other hand, Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, posted a video saying he had spoken with Blake’s parents and other family members. He stated that what he saw on that video made him sick. He added that once again, with the whole world watching, a Black man, Jacob Blake, had been shot by the police in broad daylight. On other news, on Wednesday night, the Minnesota governor activated the National Guard to assist in suppressing unrest that broke out in downtown Minneapolis after what is said to be misinformation about the suicide death of a Black homicide suspect.