More than 250 people have been arrested since the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, with more than half from out of doors the county that the southeastern Wisconsin city is in, police reported Thursday.
Blake, a Black man, was once shot seven times in the back by a white police officer on Aug. 23, sparking three nights of unrest that resulted in more or less two dozen fires and damage to a lot of downtown businesses. Two nights after the shooting, prosecutors say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two demonstrators and wounded a third. His attorney claims it was once self defense.
Kenosha police up to date arrest figures Thursday, saying of the 252 people arrested, 132 did not live in Kenosha County. Rittenhouse came from his home in Antioch, Illinois, approximately 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Kenosha, to enroll in others who walked the roads with rifles saying they were there to give protection to businesses from damage.
Four people arrested filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that police were not arresting pro-police demonstrators like Rittenhouse who were breaking a curfew, while targeting others. The city’s attorney called the lawsuit baseless and said it will have to be dismissed.
The city on Wednesday ended a curfew that had been in place since August 24, a signal of calming tensions in the city of approximately 100,000 halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. President Donald Trump visited Kenosha on Tuesday to thank law enforcement for their efforts and his Democratic rival Joe Biden was once in Wisconsin on Thursday and met with members of Blake’s circle of relatives and Kenosha community leaders.
The police said damage to city property was once approximately $2 million and damage to county property was once approximately $385,000.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was once investigating more than 23 fires, police said.