UPDATE AT 1:45 P.M.
Suspect Charged With Murder After 2 Shot Dead At Kenosha Protest
Suspect Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was reportedly arrested in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, 20 miles from Kenosha where the shootings occurred.
Last night in Kenosha, an armed militia member shot three people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, killing two and seriously injuring a third. This happened in a location where several Our Wisconsin Revolution board members and staff were protesting just the night before. We have many questions about these events, and we need answers.
First, where was the National Guard? Were they not called in to keep the peace? There are dozens of videos from the scene last night, with no National Guard anywhere to be seen.
Second, why has the shooting suspect not been taken into custody? The name of the suspect is all over social media, and as of this morning his Facebook page was still up. There is graphic video of him shooting people, and video of him identifying himself. Why was he not taken into custody last night? If social media can identify him, why can’t police find him?
Third, video shows Kenosha police being friendly with militia members before these murders took place. In one video, the suspected gunman walks up to police. There are reports that the police drove protesters into an area where they knew armed militia men were waiting. What exactly is the relationship between Kenosha police and white supremacist groups?
There are so many questions surrounding the murders and attempted murder of protesters in Kenosha last night, but one thing is for certain: People have the right to protest injustice — our country was founded on the right to protest. What was the Boston Tea Party if not a protest?
And make no mistake — the police shooting of Jacob Blake seven times in the back was an injustice. It is a miracle that Blake survived, but he will likely never walk again. This is just one more in an interminable line of police shootings and murders of unarmed black citizens. Our communities of color — and Kenosha is one of the Blackest cities in Wisconsin — are overpoliced and underserved.
We must correct that injustice if we are to move forward as a society.