Aerial footage revealed large-scale destruction in Kenosha caused by over a week of protests. President Donald Trump plans to visit the Wisconsin town later today.
The riots and protests started in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake. A video went viral August 23 showing an altercation between Blake and responding police officers. Police officers shot Blake seven times in the back as he tried to enter a SUV, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Kenosha Professional Police Association said Blake had been armed with a knife. The officers also shot him with two tasers but failed to subdue him, according to NPR.
Blake remains in the hospital, paralyzed from the waist down, according to The Guardian.
Protesters and rioters flocked to the streets of Kenosha.
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. On August 23, rioters set fire to a car salesroom, burning up 100 cars. The owner told Fox News the damage will cost them $1.5 million.
Police arrested 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting and killing two people and injuring a third on August 25.
Linda Carpenter, the owner of a torched furniture store, could do nothing but weep as she surveyed the ruined property. Carpenter ran the business for the past 40 years. Rioters also burned down the Community Corrections Division building, which ultimately collapsed.
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.
Mayor John Antaramian has requested $30 million in state aid to repair the damage caused. Rioters damaged at least $2 million in state property including garbage trucks, according to Kenosha News.
Donald Trump plans to visit and survey the damage.
Trump plans to deliver his “law and order” campaign message when he visits around 1pm EST. He will meet with local law enforcement and survey the damage caused by the riots. Anataramian and Wisconsin governor Tony Evers objected to his visit, but the president insisted. They believe his visit will set back efforts for peace.
‘The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President’s visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized,” Trump’s Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said. “President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild.”
[H/T: Daily Mail]