President Donald Trump announced he will be providing $42 million in funding to Kenosha and the state of Wisconsin. The money is for law enforcement, public safety resources and small business relief.
“I’m committed to helping Kenosha rebuild. We will provide $1 million dollars to the Kenosha law enforcement so that you have some extra money to go out and do what you have to do,” Trump said.
Trump visited the Wisconsin town on Tuesday (September 1). He spoke with local law enforcement and also surveyed damage caused by riots. Protesters and rioters took to the streets as a result of the police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23.
“I’m also providing nearly $4 million dollars to support the small businesses that I talked about today that got burned up, burned down,” Trump said. “And we’re going to be providing over $42 million dollars to support public safety statewide, including direct support for law enforcement and funding for additional prosecutors to punish criminals, and resources to provide services to victims of crime.”
Kenosha was the center for protests and violent riots.
Large portions of uptown Kenosha were damaged or destroyed in riots taking place between August 23 and August 25. Many of the city’s black and Hispanic residents live in the area. Rioters burned down a car salesroom, a furniture store and the Community Corrections Division building. On August 25, police arrested 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting and killing two people and injuring a third.
Police have blamed people from out of town for most of the violence. The Kenosha sheriff’s department says that, of the 175 people arrested during the riots, 102 of them have addresses outside the city.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers also allotted $1 million in funding for the town’s recovery. Businesses damaged by rioters are eligible for $20,000 in no-interest loans to help cover repair costs. Business owners can use the money for cleanup and restoration services, operating expenses, temporary space, payroll and reconstruction work.
“These funds will provide immediate aid to the businesses that suffered losses over the past week and serve as a first step toward rebuilding and healing the divisions that have caused so much fear, pain, and devastation,” Evers said.