For those trying to keep up with developments in and around Kenosha, Wisconsin in the aftermath of the latest shooting of an unarmed Black man by police, be sure to check out the coverage provided by our sibling publication, the Wisconsin Examiner. In recent days, the Examiner has featured several commentaries and news stories on the crisis, including the following:
- The RNC hatefest and Kenosha on fire
- Madison mayor denounces downtown destruction after Kenosha shooting
- Protesters plead for answers as Kenosha picks up the pieces after Blake shooting
- Kenosha shooting feels all too familiar for city resident Michael Bell
- Vos responds to Kenosha police shooting by forming task force
The following story details the tragic events of last night and features literally scores of powerful photographs on the Examiner website:
Two killed, one injured in Kenosha in protest of police shooting
Hundreds marched through the streets prior to clashes
Kenosha police said in addition to the two fatalities, a third person was transported to the hospital with “non life threatening injuries.”
Eruptions of civil unrest and clashes with riot-clad, militarized law enforcement have left the city of Kenosha scarred. Marchers have gathered over the last several days to protest the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake by Kenosha officers on Sunday, Aug. 23. Blake was shot several times getting into his vehicle, with his children reportedly watching from inside the car.
The exact circumstances of the Blake shooting are also currently under investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Blake survived, although he sits in a local hospital paralyzed by his injuries, according to his father. Meanwhile, the streets of Kenosha have been flooded by the bodies and voices of hundreds of people. From longtime Kenosha residents to seasoned activists from Milwaukee to people who’ve traveled from out of state.
“I’ve been here since I was about five,” 26-year-old Stephanie Hunt told Wisconsin Examiner. “Since I was little I’ve seen them [Kenosha law enforcement] screwing up left and right, you know? There have been times in my life where they have been helpful, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t racism and improper training.” Other residents who either participated in the march, or watched as the crowd passed their homes, shared similar sentiments.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said 49-year-old Lisa Cole, as she watched the march go past, speaking of this current era of protest. “It’s so overdue for a change. I think police officers need a lot more schooling, and a lot more training.” Read more