Fox’s Tucker Carlson Streamlines Kenosha Suspect’s Actions, Facebook Removes Militia Pages

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson drew the ire of Twitter users on Wednesday when he spoke about the deadly violence that erupted the previous night in Kenosha, Wis., Where police charged a white teenager with intentional homicide.The 17-year-old from neighboring Illinois was arrested Wednesday after two people were gunned down during Tuesday night’s protests in Kenosha for shooting a black man, Jacob Blake, earlier this week.

“Officials since the governor of Wisconsin have refused to enforce the law,” Carlson said, adding, “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided to maintain order then that no one else would? ”

Carlson was among a number of conservative critics and politicians who criticized Democratic Governor Tony Evers for failing to increase the deployment of National Guard troops to help keep the peace after several businesses were torched and looted Sunday and Monday after dark.

“Kenosha sank into anarchy; the authorities in charge of the city have abandoned it, ”said host Tucker Carlson Tonight. “They took a step back and watched Kenosha burn.

Critics have pointed out that video footage appears to show the 17-year-old gunman walking without being accosted in front of a number of police and vehicles, raising questions whether an increased presence of police and troops in numbers would have ended to the violence of the vigilantes.

In the aftermath of the protests that erupted in the United States over police shooting against black Americans following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Carlson frequently used the violence that was observed during protests in Minneapolis, Portland. and New York a focal point. point of his show.

“Oh, no”: the sheriff says vigilantes are not useful

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said Wednesday that militia members or armed vigilantes have been patrolling the city streets in recent nights and asked if he is deputized.

“Yesterday someone called me and said, ‘Why not delegate the citizens who have guns to come out and patrol Kenosha town, and I’m like,’ Oh, no. “”

He said that once he deputized for someone “they’re a responsibility for me and the county. “

A person with a gun raises his hands as he walks towards vehicles during a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. A suspect in deadly shootings that night was not arrested until Wednesday, in Illinois. (Brendan Gutenschwager / Reuters)

Ray Roberts, a 38-year-old Black Kenosha resident and military veteran, said men from rural areas picked up large trucks loaded with weapons and flags and entered town.

“You would see them driving around town after curfew and the cops not stopping them,” Roberts said.

Meanwhile, Facebook confirmed on Wednesday it removed a page called Kenosha Guard for violating its policy against militia organizations. The company said it was also in the process of removing other accounts and documents related to the shootings that violate its policies, for example to glorify violence, and that it was in contact with local law enforcement and federal authorities on this.

Facebook later said it deleted the alleged shooter’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram.

Protesters observe a moment of silence as they march Wednesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The city saw deadly violence erupt after police shot an unarmed black man, Jacob Blake, on Sunday. (David Goldman / The associated press)

The company said it had not found any evidence on Facebook to suggest the alleged shooter followed Kenosha’s cover page or was invited on its events page to attend the protests.

“However, Kenosha’s cover page and its event page violated our new policy regarding militia organizations and was removed on that basis,” the company said in a statement.

Repeated calls for armed militias to travel to Kenosha to protect businesses in the aftermath of Blake’s shooting by police on Sunday spread on social media in the hours before two were killed and a third injured Tuesday evening.

Researchers from the Atlantic Council said that 13 hours before the shooting, the Kenosha Guard Facebook page “had actively solicited armed individuals to protect neighborhoods that evening.”

“At 10:44 a.m. local time, the administrator of the ‘Kenosha Guard’ page asked if any members were ready to ‘take up arms and defend (sic) City tonight from the evil thugs,’ the researchers said. . “They continued, ‘Without a doubt (sic) they are currently planning to burn down the next part of town tonight! ”

The ability of social media platforms to respond to fluid events of public violence has already been called into question, including with the New Zealand mosque shooter, a white supremacist on Thursday sentenced to life in prison for killing 51 people.

In the case of the Kenosha shooting suspect, controversial former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff on Wednesday night went further than Carlson, calling him a “national treasure” on Twitter.

Thursday morning, the tweet was still visible.



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