Two people were shot dead in protests in the US state of Wisconsin on Tuesday. Now a 17-year-old gun fan has been arrested.
A 17-year-old white man has been behind bars since Wednesday on a double murder charge. Videos from various eyewitnesses show that Kyle R. shot an assault rifle into a crowd in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the night before. Two protesters who were on the street against racist police violence are dead. A third lost an arm. But in Kenosha, the police chief fairly bluntly blamed the victims of violence. “You were on the street despite the curfew,” Daniel Miskinis said at a press conference on Wednesday.
It was a white police officer who threw the 100,000-resident city in Wisconsin into chaos on Sunday. During a police operation, the officer shot at least seven bullets in the back of the black Jacob Blake. While the 29-year-old tried to get into a car with his three children on the back seat, the policeman held his T-shirt with his left hand and shot him very close with his right hand.
Blake has gunshot wounds to his stomach, intestines, kidneys, and liver. His spine is shattered. Jacob Blake Sr., the seriously injured man’s father, learned on Wednesday that his son is likely to remain paralyzed from the waist down.
Meanwhile, the investigative authorities received new information about the police operation on Sunday, which could have an impact on the development of the case. Blake had a knife in his vehicle, said Wisconsin State Attorney General Joshua Kaul. The knife had been secured on the floor of the interior on the driver’s side. The man had previously told the police “at a certain point in time” that he had a knife, said Kaul. No other weapons were found in the car.
The first protests in front of the court in Kenosha took place immediately after the shooting. The protesters demanded the immediate release and charges against the police officer and his two colleagues. Later that night, cars went up in flames and shop windows were smashed. A night curfew has been in effect in Kenosha since Tuesday. At the same time, the local police force has been reinforced with National Guardsmen from the state of Wisconsin.
While the civil rights activists’ demonstrations grew stronger every day, a local vigilante group mobilized for self-protection. On Facebook, the “Kenosha Guard” called with a text that was only deleted from Facebook on Wednesday “to arms”. It is about defending the call “our lives and our property”.
So far it is unclear whether the 17-year-old, who came to Kenosha with an assault rifle from his hometown Antioch in the neighboring state of Illinois on Tuesday evening, followed the call of the “Kenosha Guard”. But it is certain that he has expressed his sympathy for the police and for Trump, as well as his preference for firearms on his own social networks. Some observers also want to have recognized his face in the front row of the audience at a Trump election campaign meeting in January this year.
The 17-year-old white teenager has a childlike face on the dramatic videos from Wednesday night . The gun looks huge on his body.
Late on Tuesday evening, local police began driving protesters from Kenosha Court to a gas station. Abundant tear gas was used.
Dozens of heavily armed militiamen waited at the gas station for the demonstrators fleeing the police. In the chaos that developed there, the 17-year-old opened fire on the crowd. Two protesters tried to take the gun away from him. According to unconfirmed information, at least one of the two is among the dead.
The 17-year-old ran away. When several armored police vehicles came towards him on his escape, he held up both hands and was able to continue walking undisturbed. This scene is also captured on videos from the night. The state of Illinois, where the 17-year-old was arrested on Wednesday, wants to decide on his extradition to Wisconsin in the next few days.
In Kenosha, the authorities extended the night curfew by another hour on Wednesday. The governor of Wisconsin increased the number of national guards from his state to 500. And from Washington, Donald Trump tweeted that he would also send national guards.
At the Republican Convention, which was running at the same time, no one mentioned the police violence that caused the chaos in Kenosha. But numerous Republicans, including the spokesman for the national police union NAPO, condemned the “anarchy and violence” on the streets. Under President Joe Biden, the Republicans’ central election campaign message, the United States will sink into anarchy, chaos and violence.
Late on Wednesday afternoon, several unmarked black vehicles surrounded a car belonging to the “Riotkitchen206” group at an intersection in Kenosha. The inmates were on duty to provide food for demonstrators in Kenosha. Police officers jumped out of the unmarked black vehicles at gunpoint. One of them smashed a window of the vehicle from “Riotkitchen206”. Then they led the inmates away. Hours later it was still unknown where they were.