Kenosha, Wisconsin – More than 250 people have been arrested since Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and more than half of the people were from outside the county where the city is located, it said Thursday. police.
Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer on August 23, in an incident that sparked three nights of protests and riots that resulted in a score of fires and damage to numerous businesses. Two nights later, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, shot dead two protesters and wounded a third. His lawyers say it was in self-defense.
Kenosha police updated the arrest figures Thursday, saying that of the 252 detained, 132 do not live in the county. Rittenhouse traveled from her home in Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles away, to join others who walked the streets with rifles saying they were there to protect businesses from harm from those protesting in support of Blake.RELATED
Four arrested people filed a federal civil lawsuit Wednesday in which they said officers were not arresting protesters who support police – like Rittenhouse – who were breaking the law. The municipality’s attorney said the lawsuit lacked merit and should be dismissed.
Authorities ended a curfew in effect from Aug. 24 on Wednesday, a sign of a lull in tensions in the city of 100,000 people, located between Chicago and Milwaukee. President Donald Trump visited Kenosha on Tuesday to support police efforts. His Democratic rival Joe Biden visited Wisconsin on Thursday and met with members of Blake’s family and Kenosha community leaders.
Police said damages to municipal property are estimated at $ 2 million and those suffered by county property around $ 385,000.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigates more than 23 fires.