A seventeen-year-old-teen was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of shooting three demonstrators who were protesting the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Officers opened fire into Blake’s back as he tried to get into his vehicle, peppering him with seven bullets. Blake’s children, aged three, five, and eight, were in the car and witnessed the entire ordeal.
Mortified onlookers can be heared pleading for the officers to stand down in posted videos that evenutally permeated the media.
Video courtesty of CNN
The suspect in the case, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, was apprehended in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, after he had “fled Kenosha after he was caught on video shooting people after scuffles broke out during the protests,” HuffPo reported, and has been charged with two counts of murder for shooting two protesters in the head and chest, respectively.
The third vicitm’s injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and they are expected to make a full recovery.
Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis, who is leading the investigation into Sunday’s violence, “‘protesters” creating a “disturbance” by ignoring the state’s curfew, which was imposed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) on Tuesday – to prevent this exact type of racially-charged insurgency.
“Persons who were out after curfew became engaged in some type of disturbance, and persons were shot. Everybody involved was out after the curfew,” Miskinis said at a press conference. “Had persons not been in violation of that, perhaps the situation would not have happened.”
Benjamin Crump, a victim’s rights attorney who rose to fame seeking Justice for Trayvon Martin, Is representing the Blake family, said it would “take a miracle” Black to ever be able to walk again.
“The medical diagnosis right now is that he is paralyzed and because those bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered some of his vertebrae… it is going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again,” Crump told CBS News. “He is currently in surgery as we speak, still struggling to sustain his life and to hopefully become some resemblance of the man he once was.”
Naturally, President Donald Trump also weighed in on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Unspurprisingly, Trump is angry at the wrong people, and has threatened to send in his storm troopers into Wisconsin “to restore LAW and ORDER!”
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!),” Trump pecked into Twitter. “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
The officers involved with the incident are enjoying administrative leave at home with their families. In the coming days and weeks, more questions over the validity of so-called “qualified immunity” are certain to resurge.
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