Third night of un­rest roils city even af­ter fam­ily of Black man shot by po­lice calls for calm; fa­ther says son is par­a­lyzed from waist down


KENOSHA, Wis. — Hun­dreds of Black Lives Mat­ter de­mon­stra­tors clashed again with au­thor­i­ties Tues­day night in Kenosha, the third night of un­rest fol­low­ing the po­lice shoot­ing of a Black man over the week­end.

Shortly be­fore 9 p.m., pro­test­ers start­ing throw­ing bot­tles and rocks at po­lice sta­tioned be­hind a fence erected in front of the Kenosha County Court­house, which had been dam­aged in the pre­vi­ous nights. Flags were set on fire and some large fire­works were thrown at of­fi­cers, some of whom re­treated in­side the build­ing as pro­test­ers at­tempted to push over the fence. “Ar­rest the po­lice!” marchers shouted. A short time later, po­lice in riot gear started fir­ing pep­per balls and tear gas back at the crowd.

Af­ter 10 p.m., af­ter po­lice re­peat­edly told pro­test­ers to dis­perse, a line of of­fi­cers in riot gear start­ing push­ing out from the court­house. Pro­test­ers ini­tially held their ground but ran as po­lice fired tear gas. “Medic,” one woman screamed.

Some in the crowd con­tin­ued to throw fire­works back and chant, “Black lives mat­ter!”

Away from the cen­ter of the city, heav­ily armed men could be seen guard­ing a con­ve­nience store at 60th and Sheridan.

Ear­lier in the evening, there was a tense stand­off be­tween the de­mon­stra­tors and a half-dozen armed men, in­clud­ing some dressed in mil­i­tary fa­tigues and car­ry­ing weapons. A woman with the smaller group shouted, “You loot, we shoot!”

“This in­fu­ri­ates me and is an ex­am­ple that they would rather pro­tect in­fra­struc­ture than peo­ple’s lives,” ac­tivist Gre­gory Sherman said. “We are here de­mand­ing jus­tice for Ja­cob Blake and ev­ery­one else . ... They’d rather bring their guns to try and in­tim­i­date us.”

Few po­lice ac­com­pa­nied the marchers as they took to the streets ear­lier in the evening, and none could be seen out­side the newly erected fences around the court­house.

Although Gov. Tony Evers said he planned to send 250 more Wis­con­sin Na­tional Guard troops to the city, few could be seen ex­cept around the court­house.

“The abil­ity to ex­er­cise First Amend­ment rights is a crit­i­cally im­por­tant part of our democ­racy and the pur­suit of jus­tice. But there re­mains a line be­tween peace­ful as­sem­bly and what we saw last night that put in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and busi­nesses in dan­ger,” Evers said in a state­ment.

Eerie day

The march took place as a city cur­few went into ef­fect at 8 p.m. for the third night in a row. Of­fi­cials said it would stay in place un­til 7 a.m.

Tues­day af­ter­noon, Blake’s fam­ily held a press con­fer­ence de­mand­ing jus­tice for Blake, whose fam­ily feared he could end up par­a­lyzed, but his mother asked that no more loot­ing or

de­struc­tion take place in this city of 100,000 in South­east­ern Wis­con­sin.

Fur­ni­ture store de­stroyed

Ear­lier Tues­day, busi­nesses along a usu­ally busy stretch of 60th Street near down­town were re­duced to black­ened rub­ble and fire­fight­ers were still dous­ing hotspots. Win­dows ev­ery­where were shat­tered, stores looted. At Civic Cen­ter Park, a hand­ful of vol­un­teers roamed the area pick­ing up garbage.

There were 34 fires, with 30 busi­nesses de­stroyed or dam­aged with an un­known num­ber of res­i­dences, Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig told the Kenosha News.

Scott Car­pen­ter stood out­side what re­mained of the used fur­ni­ture busi­ness his fa­ther started in the fam­ily garage 40 years ago.

“It sad­dens my heart. It hurts,” said Car­pen­ter, 51.

“I’m with­out a job, my daugh­ter is with­out a job,” he said in a quiet voice. “It’s hurt­ful know­ing the hate­ful­ness is there and that other peo­ple are go­ing to suf­fer just like us.”

A cou­ple of doors down, at a law of­fice, all of the win­dows were shat­tered.

“I feel like I’m in a movie,” said Jenny Ea­ton, who works in the of­fice. “The pro­ba­tion and pa­role of­fice is on fire, a man who spent all his life run­ning a busi­ness now has noth­ing. I don’t know how this helps Black Lives Mat­ter. At this point, all lives mat­ter. Let’s get it to­gether, Amer­ica. This is do­ing noth­ing but putting us fur­ther into a re­ces­sion.”

Phillip Marry owns the 92-year-old law of­fice build­ing where Ea­ton works. He pointed to blocks used to smash the build­ing’s stained glass win­dows that “can’t be re­placed.”

“It’s a sad day, a very sad day,” said Marry, who is a crim­i­nal de­fense lawyer.

He also said he un­der­stands the pro­test­ers’ frus­tra­tions. “But tak­ing it out on busi­ness own­ers I don’t think is the right thing to do,” he said.


Pro­test­ers clash with po­lice out­side the Kenosha County Court­house on Tues­day night.

Ja­cob Blake


ABOVE: Peo­ple look at the re­mains of B&L Of­fice Fur­ni­ture on Tues­day in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin.


LEFT: A man in a gas mask on Tues­day night.

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