KENOSHA, Wisc. – After three nights of looting, firebombs and violence, protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the shooting of Jacob Blake remained peaceful on Wednesday, four hours after the curfew.
Seven-year Kenosha Police Department veteran Rusten Sheskey shot Blake in the back seven times on Sunday, the Wisconsin Justice Department said in its first description of the shooting on Wednesday. The US Department of Justice also confirmed Wednesday that it has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting.
The shooting fostered widespread protests in Wisconsin and beyond, and several professional sports teams and players refused to play games on Wednesday, including the Milwaukee Bucks.
Here’s what we know on Thursday:
Protests remain peaceful in Kenosha
The scene in Kenosha on Wednesday was in contrast to the night before, when protesters clashed with law enforcement for hours and an armed man shot three people, two of whom died, shortly before midnight.
There were no clashes with law enforcement at 11:15 pm A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter did not see any civilians with assault-type weapons.
Shortly after 7 p.m., an armored vehicle arrived at Civic Center Park where the protesters were gathered, and police warned the protesters they were violating the curfew. But the protesters stayed, strolling through the park, then marched through the streets of Kenosha.
The marching crowd stopped at the intersection, where they blocked off traffic and chanted “No justice, no peace,” before continuing. Some protesters carried signs saying “Black lives matter” and “Stop police violence”.
Tuesday night’s violence prompted the White House to allow 2,000 National Guard troops from other states to be sent to Wisconsin. President Donald Trump said in a series of tweets on Wednesday that “federal law enforcement and the National Guard” would be sent to Kenosha to restore law and order.
The Wisconsin National Guard already has 10,000 troops. Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday ordered 250 in Kenosha. He doubled the number on Wednesday.
Fires are lit, windows smashed at a protest in Oakland; Minneapolis sees unrest
Across the country, protests in Oakland, Calif., Were more chaotic on Wednesday evening as police said several fires were started, businesses vandalized and windows smashed.
The Oakland Police Department tweeted that 600-700 people took part in the protests and several were arrested. Calling them “violent protesters,” police said they vandalized and torched the Alameda County Superior Court.
In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed three months ago as a policeman pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck, the unrest sparked violence and looting of shops that erupted downtown as a result of what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide death of a black homicide suspect.
The mayor of Minneapolis imposed a curfew on Wednesday night and called for help from the National Guard. “What we call now is peace,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “What we are asking right now is that people go home. “
Justice Department opens civil rights investigation in Jacob Blake case
The US Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday that it has opened a civil rights investigation into Blake’s shooting.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said earlier Wednesday that he had requested the investigation. It will run alongside the DOJ criminal investigation. The two authorities will share information as far as the law allows.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Wednesday offered the first official account of what happened in Sunday’s shooting.
Authorities identified Constable Rusten Sheskey as the sole gunman and said Blake was also named. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting, his family said.
Sheskey fired his gun seven times at Blake’s back as Blake leaned into his car. No other officer present at the scene fired a weapon. According to the account, Blake told officers he had a knife in his possession, although it is not clear whether Sheskey was aware of the knife when he pulled the trigger on his gun. The knife was later found on the driver’s side floor of the car.
Mike Pence denounces violence in Kenosha at RNC
“The violence must stop,” Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday evening during his speech at the Republican National Convention as he condemned what he said were looters and rioters causing chaos in state cities -United.
“Last week Joe Biden didn’t say a word about the violence and chaos ravaging cities across the country, so let me be clear: the violence must end – whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha Pence said.
Pence added that he and Trump “still support the right of Americans to protest peacefully, but riots and looting are not peaceful protests.” He added that those who engage in illegal activities will be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.
NBA, MLB, WNBA, MLS teams and players protest while sitting down
Athletes from several major professional sports leagues sat at their games on Wednesday in solidarity with the protests and to demand action after Blake was shot.
Stocks were boosted by the Milwaukee Bucks, who declined to take the court for their playoff game in the NBA’s Orlando bubble.
The Bucks players in a statement said they demand action from their home state legislature and want to see the officer involved held accountable.
“Despite the massive calls for change, there hasn’t been any action so we can’t focus on basketball today,” the Bucks players said.
The NBA has postponed the rest of its Wednesday night playoff games as some players increasingly feel that they don’t want to continue playing in the bubble.
Six Major League Baseball teams, including the Milwaukee Brewers, and several players have followed suit and suspended their games. In the WNBA, all three games have been called off and the MLS has canceled all games except a Wednesday.
Gunman charged with violence on Tuesday
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old suspected of shooting two people dead and injuring a third during Tuesday’s protests in Kenosha, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of manslaughter.
Authorities did not release the names of the victims, but said the two killed were a 26-year-old man from Kenosha County and a 36-year-old man from Kenosha. Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, was shot in the arm and is expected to survive.
Under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse would be charged with an adult.
Rittenhouse considered himself a member of the militia trying to protect life and property, according to videos, interviews and social media posts.
Video taken in the hours before filming shows Rittenhouse with older gunmen, who tell a reporter they are protecting a parking lot. Rittenhouse then introduces himself as Kyle.
Although police have provided few details on what happened in Tuesday’s shooting, dozens of videos posted on social media appear to describe the incident. These videos show a man opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle and a shot dead person in a parking lot.
In one video, police appear to allow the young man responsible for the shooting – still in possession of a gun – to walk past them, as people in the crowd shout for him to be arrested.
Contribuant: Chris Bumbaca, N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Jordan Culver, Steve Gardner, Jim Reineking, Joel Shannon, Heather Tucker et Jeff Zillgitt, USA AUJOURD’HUI; Gina Barton, Patrick Marley, Devi Shastri, Cary Spivak, Bruce Vielmetti et Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; The Associated Press