Journal Sentinel reporters are in Kenosha in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back multiple times by police Sunday.
Shortly before midnight, things turned violent again when two people were killed and 1 other injured during ongoing protests. Police are looking for a man armed with a long gun. Check back for updates as the story continues to develop Wednesday morning.
4:46 a.m. 2 shot dead, 1 injured in Kenosha during protests; police looking for man armed with a long gun
Kenosha Police said early Wednesday morning that two people had been shot and killed and a third injured during protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake; authorities were looking for a man armed with a long gun.
Earlier Wednesday, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that one victim had been shot in the head and another in the chest late Tuesday, just before midnight. Beth didn’t know where the other person was shot, but video posted on social media showed someone had been shot in the arm.
The incident occurred at about 11:45 p.m. in the area of 63rd Street and Sheridan Road, Kenosha police said.
The release from the Kenosha Police Department said the injuries to the third individual were not life threatening. The release said the names, ages and cities of residence for the victims were still being determined.
Officials asked that anyone who witnessed the shootings contact the Kenosha Police Department Detective Bureau at 262-605-5203. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.
No one has been apprehended, but Beth said he believed at least one person would be taken into custody soon based on video footage police have reviewed.
“I feel very confident we’ll have him in a very short time,” Beth said.
The shooting came on the third night of violent protests that have torn through Kenosha after a police officer shot Blake from behind at close range while he was getting in a vehicle. Since then, buildings have been burned, windows smashed out and stores looted.
— Patrick Marley and Sarah Volpenhein
10:50 p.m. Police push protesters south along Sheridan Road
Clashes between protesters and law enforcement continued nearly three hours past curfew near Civic Center Park in Kenosha.
Law enforcement cleared the park of protesters, who then gathered in the middle of Sheridan Road on the east side of the park.
About 10:30 p.m., a crowd of protesters walked north along Sheridan Road, while a line of law enforcement bearing riot shields with tactical vehicles behind them moved south until the two met in the middle of the street.
“You’re blocking the roadway,” a law enforcement officer was heard saying over a loudspeaker. “Move along.”
At the front of the crowd of protesters, some people sat down, facing the line of law enforcement. Others stood with their hands or fists raised in the air, chanting, “Hands up. Don’t shoot.”
They stood across from each other for about 10 or 15 minutes until law enforcement began firing what appeared to be tear gas and smoke bombs at protesters. A device that produced a loud bang also dispersed protesters, sending them south along Sheridan. Some protesters were throwing rocks at law enforcement.
“Link arms, line up,” a protester yelled as a line of law enforcement firing tear gas or another chemical agent moved south on Sheridan Road, pushing protesters back.
Protesters shot off fireworks and used rolling dumpsters as shields.
The line of police and tactical vehicles eventually pushed protesters further south along Sheridan, and protesters went in different directions.
– Jessica Rodriguez, Ricardo Torres, Sarah Volpenhein
9:50 p.m. Protesters shoot fireworks at courthouse, police respond with tear gas as protest escalates
A crowd of hundreds of people met in Civic Center Park across from the Kenosha County Courthouse past the 8 p.m. curfew, on the third night of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
A little before 9 p.m., protesters started rocking the fence that was erected around the courthouse back and forth, trying to knock it down.
People in the crowd then began throwing fireworks over the fence at law enforcement on the other side, prompting officers stationed on the roof of the courthouse to shoot tear gas and pepper balls into the crowd. Some of the protesters carried makeshift shields or umbrellas.
Law enforcement told the crowd to disperse, asking them to return home and leave the area.
“We are asking you to stop killing people or we wouldn’t be here today,” a protester yelled.
Speaking over a loudspeaker, an officer said, “If you have any complaints take them up with your governor and state representatives.”
Porche Bennett, of Kenosha, stood alone at the fence line for much of the time, holding a Black Lives Matter sign.
“I’m not them. I’m not doing what they’re doing,” she said, referring to the protesters throwing bottles and fireworks.
At one point, a police tactical vehicle drove onto the grass where protesters were. People scattered to get out of the way and threw objects at the vehicle.
Law enforcement eventually said over the loudspeaker that anyone who did not leave the park would be arrested and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly. A line of law enforcement officers bearing riot shields advanced into the park, accompanied by a few tactical vehicles, and forced protesters to clear the park.
– Jessica Rodriguez, Ricardo Torres
8:50 p.m. White House says Gov. Tony Evers turned down offer of federal help
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday night that Gov. Tony Evers turned down an offer of federal help from President Donald Trump to help quell the outbreak of violence in Kenosha.
“We have a National Guard standing by that if the general for the National Guard needs additional help, we’re there to do it,” Meadows said in an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson. “But today, that request was denied by the governor.”
The Democratic governor deployed the National Guard to Kenosha on Monday and strengthened the size of the deployment to 250 on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Evers did speak with both Meadows and Trump, but Meadows was offering help from the Department of Homeland Security, not the National Guard, according to the Evers administration. Evers declined because more Guard members were already being sent there.
“The governor informed them that we would be increasing Wisconsin National Guard support in Kenosha and therefore would not need federal assistance in response to protests but would welcome additional federal support and resources for our state’s response to COVID-19,” Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback said.
Trump also tweeted about the situation Tuesday, suggesting that Evers had not called in the National Guard even though he already had.
In the Fox interview, Meadows accused Evers of ignoring the problem, adding that people have a right to peacefully protesting but not to looting and rioting.
Evers has said he stands with those fighting police violence against Black people, and on Tuesday, he called for demonstrators to keep protests peaceful.
– Bill Glauber, Patrick Marley
8:30 p.m. Kenosha mayor says city won’t tolerate destruction
Mayor John Antaramian said in a video message that authorities would not tolerate destruction of property in Kenosha and that law enforcement had made “several arrests,” though he did not give details.
“We will stand firm and prosecute individuals, whether local or those persons outside our community, for destroying our businesses, agencies and historic landmarks,” he said.
Antaramian claimed that much of the damage has been caused by people from outside the community and commended Kenosha residents for stepping up to help parts of town hit by destruction.
“But to those who are coming into our community, we are not going to tolerate it,” he said.
Antaramian said he expected there to be more arrests as investigations continued.
In the joint message, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis called for the violence to stop and urged people to let the investigation into one of his officer’s shooting of Jacob Blake play out.
Violence “helps no one and detracts from the cause,” he said.
Antaramian said the city is working with several agencies, including the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office and federal agencies, during thecivil unrest. The federal agencies he listed were the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshals.
8:05 p.m. RNC leads off Tuesday with prayer for Blake and his family
Pastor Norma Urrabazo, of the International Church of Las Vegas, talked about the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police during the opening prayer on the second night of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
“Lord, we come before you to ask for your spirit of peace, to come over hurting communities in Wisconsin tonight,” Urrabazo said Tuesday.
“We pray for healing and comfort to Jacob Blake and his family. We pray for your protection over those who put their lives in harm’s way to bring safety and security to our streets.”
— Oren Oppenheim
8 p.m. One day after Evers mobilizes National Guard, Trump suggests he should do that
President Donald Trump on Tuesday night focused one of his tweets on Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin National Guard.
The president tweeted: Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!
Evers mobilized the Wisconsin National Guard on Monday. Troops are in Kenosha again tonight.
— Meg Jones
7:30 p.m. Detroit Lions cancel practice Tuesday over Blake shooting
The Detroit Lions canceled practice on Tuesday because of the shooting by Kenosha police of Jacob Blake. The team left their practice facility after an emotional, hours-long team meeting where football players shared deeply personal stories about their experiences with racial injustice, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The Free Press reported that all 80 players and coaches walked silently out of practice to demonstrate against police brutality.
“As we came in today, as a team, we looked at each other in the eye and we realized that football is not important today,” Lions safety Duron Harmon told the Free Press.
Players wheeled out a board with the words “The World Can’t Go On” written on one side, and, “We Won’t Be Silent,” on the other.
– Meg Jones
7:15 p.m. I-94 exits closed in Kenosha County again
Traffic cameras show exits off I-94 in Kenosha County have been closed again.
All exit ramps off I-94 in Kenosha County had been closed on Monday evening, before civil unrest escalated there.
On that evening, all exits from Somers Road/Highway E to the Illinois state line were closed.
On Tuesday, traffic cameras showed exit ramps along I-94 in Kenosha County blocked off by police vehicles or trucks. Some of the ramps were seen closed shortly after 6 p.m. It’s not clear why the exits were closed.
– Sarah Volpenhein
6:22 p.m. Kenosha County Sheriff appeals for calm tonight
Expecting another night of unrest, protests and destruction in Kenosha, Sheriff David Beth said Tuesday evening in a statement that deputies and other law enforcement agents will work to minimize vandalism in the city since a police officer shot a Black man in the back.
“People are frustrated, I get it. And they’re scared. I certainly get that, too. Rumors abound on social media and elsewhere, with widely varying levels of truth to them,” Beth said. “We know that much of the damage is being inflicted by people coming in from outside our community, with the intent to rob and destroy, not to engage in their First Amendment right to demonstrate.”
The sheriff asked residents to stay home and abide by the 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. Wisconsin National Guard troops and other agencies will be in Kenosha tonight.
“We are not sitting idle watching the destruction of our community. We’re making every effort to make it stop, and I hope you will too,” Beth said.
– Meg Jones
6:10 p.m. City of Kenosha’s website may have been hacked
The City of Kenosha’s official website has been offline most of the afternoon and a city alderman thinks the community might have been hacked.
“I think it’s been attacked,” Ald. Anthony Kennedy said of the city’s website.
Kennedy tried to find information on the city’s website shortly before 1 p.m. but saw a message saying, “The page isn’t redirecting properly.” The same message was on the website five hours later.
“I don’t know if it was a coordinated denial of service or if it’s just a lot of people were trying to use it,” Kennedy said in a phone interview at 6 p.m.
He didn’t know if city officials were trying to get the website back up Tuesday evening.
– Meg Jones
6:00 p.m.: Kenosha residents grapple with wreckage in their town
Doreen Wright has called Kenosha home for 20 years.
“We call this ‘Kenowhere’ because nothing ever goes on here,” she said.
So she was surprised when her hometown made national news.
Wright said she saw protests in her neighborhood after the death of George Floyd, but never to the magnitude she has seen in the last two days.
As she was driving to Tuesday’s news conference in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse, she had mixed feelings about the burned trucks and debris from the previous night’s protest.
“My heart bleeds to know that it’s my neighborhood and it’s being burnt like that,” Wright said. “This morning I was driving and I had a different feeling. I thought that people … they have nowhere to go. They turn around and it’s like something is just beating them at all times.”
She said systemic issues need to be fixed and the violence that pains her to see in her neighborhood is the result of those issues.
– Jessica Rodriguez
5:30 p.m.: Madison officials urge end to destruction
Madison officials Tuesday afternoon asked for protesters to stop destroying businesses after people attempted to burn a building using gasoline, and Molotov cocktails were lobbed at buildings during a late night of unrest Monday.
Victor Wahl, the Madison Police chief said 40 businesses were damaged overnight and many of them were also looted. He also said he was concerned that protesters were lighting dumpsters and trash cans on fire throughout the night, and even tried to light a fire inside a business after pouring a canister of gasoline inside broken windows.
Three officers were hurt during the night, before protesters dispersed about 2:30 a.m., he said. The officers were on scene to help keep firefighters safe, and did use chemical agents to disperse people, he said.
Steven Davis, the Madison Fire Department chief, also expressed concern over the fires throughout downtown, especially the use of gasoline.
“There was potential for a lot of life loss,” Davis said. “We had five gallons of gas in and around a building. The volatility of that, in itself is incredible. If that had reached an ignition source, it would have exploded for lack of a better term.”
Davis also noted there were several instances in which protesters lobbed Molotov cocktails at buildings or into open areas, but luckily no businesses were damaged with the devices, he said. He described the scene in downtown Madison on Monday as the worst he’d seen in his 31 years of work as a firefighter, due to the fires, attempted arson and destruction.
Davis also asked downtown Madison residents and businesses to empty their trash cans and dumpsters ahead of nightfall Tuesday. He also asked residents to make sure any cans of gasoline they may have are stored behind a locked door, as he suspected that cans used to douse the building Monday night were likely stolen.
– Laura Schulte
5:15 p.m.: Church would ‘rather lose 100 buildings than one more life’
A church that survived fires set during Sunday night’s civil unrest in Kenosha voiced its continued support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a Facebook post, Rev. Erik David Carlson wrote the members of the Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist were “outraged” by the police shooting of Jacob Blake and of other people of color across the country.
“While we are relieved that our church home mostly survived the inferno in the lot next door, we affirm that we would rather lose 100 buildings than one more life to police violence,” the post, signed by Carlson, said.
The post said the church did not condone violence in response to the shooting, but that it understood the “anger and frustration” fueling the events late Sunday and early Monday morning when vehicles in the parking lot of a car dealership next to the church were set on fire.
The fire had spread to the church early Monday morning, the marquee of which had read Black Lives Matter before being incinerated.
“Indeed, all lives do matter to us … but given the overwhelming and disproportionate injustice suffered by Americans of color, we are compelled by our faith to speak up and affirm that Black Lives Matter too,” the post says.
– Sarah Volpenhein
4:35 p.m.: Jacob Blake’s family urges healing, change
Family members of Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old who was shot by a Kenosha police officer, urged healing and change at a press conference Tuesday afternoon outside the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Julia Jackson, Blake’s mother, called on citizens, police and politicians to “do Jacob justice on this level and examine your hearts.”
“We need healing,” she said. “Let’s use our hearts, our love and our intelligence to work together to show the rest of the world how humans are supposed to treat each other.”
Sister Letetra Widman said she was not sad, but angry, numb and tired of police shootings.
“Don’t be sorry, because this has been happening to my family for a long time,” Widman said, before naming other Black people shot by police, including Philando Castile and Michael Brown. “This is nothing new. … I’m not sad. I don’t want your pity. I want change.”
The family’s attorneys gave an update on the condition of Blake, who remains hospitalized at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Attorney Patrick Salvi said he was shot at least seven times and that bullets pierced his abdomen, arm and part of his spinal cord, paralyzing him. He suffered damage to multiple internal organs and will require more surgeries, Salvi said.
“Miraculously, Jacob is alive,” Salvi said. “He has a long road to recovery.”
Jackson also condemned the fires and the violence that occurred during the last two nights of civil unrest, saying it didn’t reflect her son or her family.
“If Jacob knew what was going on as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very un-pleased,” she said.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump demanded that prosecutors charge the officer who shot Blake. The officer has not been named by police yet.
Blake’s youngest sister Megan Belcher said she only wants her brother back.
“You all took him from his family, you all stood by and let it happen,” said Belcher.
Another sister Zietha Blake said she and her brother are like twins and it’s difficult not being able to pick up the phone and joke with him.
“His kids are his world. But not only that his family is his world,” said Zietha Blake.
“He doesn’t even care about himself he’s more worried about us. He was not treated like a human that day, he was treated like some foreign object that didn’t belong,” she said.
Blake’s father, also named Jacob Blake, said his grandsons who were inside the SUV when their father was shot by a Kenosha police officer “asked me repeatedly ‘Why did the police shoot my daddy in the back?’”
– Sarah Volpenhein, Meg Jones
3:40 p.m.: Could Blake shooting catalyze boycott among NBA players?
The first round of the NBA playoffs is partially complete in the NBA “bubble” in Orlando — but the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha has potentially created a wave of discontent among players that bears watching.
ESPN posted comments from Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, who wouldn’t rule out that a player boycott was discussed before Tuesday’s team practice. The Raptors are scheduled to meet the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, beginning Thursday. The Bucks are looking to close out their first-round series against Orlando with a win Wednesday.
“We knew coming here or not coming here was not going to stop anything, but I think ultimately playing or not playing puts pressure on somebody,” VanVleet told Tim Bontemps and Malika Andrews of ESPN. “So, for example, this happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin, if I’m correct? Would it be nice if, in a perfect world, we all say we’re not playing, and the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks — that’s going to trickle down. If he steps up to the plate and puts pressure on the district attorney’s office, and state’s attorney, and governors, and politicians there to make real change and get some justice.
“I know it’s not that simple. But, at the end of the day if we’re gonna sit here and talk about making change then at some point we’re gonna have to put our nuts on the line and actually put something up to lose, rather than just money or visibility. I’m just over the media aspect of it, it’s sensationalized, we talk about it everyday, that’s all we see, but it just feels like a big pacifier to me.”
The comments echo those of Milwaukee guard George Hill, who expressed dismay after Milwaukee’s win Monday and expressed doubt that the players should have even come to Orlando in the first place.
“I don’t think we should be talking about basketball today,” Hill said. “We should talk about the Blake family and what’s going on. It’s devastating and basketball shouldn’t even be on our mind right now. We’re thankful for the win, but none of this really matters.”
Other basketball luminaries such as LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell and Chris Paul have expressed similar outrage.
The NBA has invited players to use their platforms for social justice. Pre-selected messages, including “Black Lives Matter” are worn in place of last names on the back of jerseys during games in Orlando (with the last name situated lower on the back), and most NBA players have silently protested by kneeling during the National Anthem. The Bucks organization has also been vocal on issues of social justice. Bucks players participated in a peaceful march in Milwaukee in June.
The Bucks, the top seed in the East, are among the favorites to win the championship, seeking their first trip to the NBA Finals since 1974 and first title since 1971.
— JR Radcliffe
2:57 p.m.: Evers declares state of emergency, sends 250 National Guard members to Kenosha
Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Tuesday to declare a state of emergency in Wisconsin following unrest across the state.
The order sends 250 additional members of the National Guard to Kenosha County, with the intent to support law enforcement and first responders and protect infrastructure and institutions.
A release from Evers’ office reiterated that the Guard is not to impede peaceful protests or media reporting.
“Any Guard members called to active duty may only be used to provide support to local law enforcement and to protect critical infrastructure and cultural institutions necessary for the well-being of the community, and to provide support to first responders such as the Kenosha Fire Department,” the release noted.
— JR Radcliffe
1:44 p.m.: Evers condemns damage by protesters, sending additional National Guard presence
Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday condemned the damage brought by rioting protesters in Kenosha and Madison following the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Evers had come under fire from Republican lawmakers who said his initial statement, which issued support for those demanding justice for disproportionate effect of police brutality on Black Americans, encourage lawless behavior that coincided with peaceful protests earlier this summer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“The ability to exercise First Amendment rights is a critically important part of our democracy and the pursuit of justice. But there remains a line between peaceful assembly and what we saw last night that put individuals, families, and businesses in danger,” Evers said in a statement.
“We cannot forget the reason why these protests began, and what we have seen play out over the last two nights and many nights this year is the pain, anguish, and exhaustion of being Black in our state and country. But as I said yesterday, and as I’ll reiterate today, everyone should be able to exercise their fundamental right—whether a protester or member of the press—peacefully and safely. We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue. We also cannot continue going down this path of damage and destruction.”
Evers said his administration is assessing damage to the state Capitol and will be increasing the number of Wisconsin National Guard members available to respond to demonstrations in Kenosha and Madison. At least two Republican lawmakers issued statements after finding windows in their Capitol offices broken Tuesday morning – the second time this summer.
“Governor Evers has the resources and the responsibility to put a stop to this violence and destruction, yet he foments division and destruction while hiding in the Governor’s Mansion with police protection,” said Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, who has previously said he is considering a run for governor in 2022.
— Molly Beck
12:07 p.m.: Black Lives Matter march, candlelight vigil planned Tuesday in Madison
A march for Black Lives Matter and subsequent candlelight vigil at the State Capitol, organized by Freedom, Inc., will take place in Madison from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
Participants are asked to wear masks and socially distance.
— Laura Schulte
11:39 a.m.: Top state Republicans insist on more action from Tony Evers
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Bryan Steil called on Gov. Tony Evers to do more to maintain order in Kenosha after a second night of unrest sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer on Sunday.
Protests over Blake’s shooting on Monday night included multiple clashes between some protesters and law enforcement.
“The violence and destruction we witnessed the past two nights in Kenosha needs to be stopped,” Rep. Bryan Steil of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional district, which includes Kenosha, wrote in a statement.
“Public safety must be assured. If the Mayor and Governor don’t believe they have sufficient resources to do so, they need to request federal assistance immediately. I am prepared to support their request.”
Johnson called on Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers “to provide a sufficient presence of the Wisconsin National Guard to maintain order.”
“After another night of violence and destruction, I again ask for demonstrators to remain peaceful and also call on elected officials charged with the responsibility to maintain safety and security in Wisconsin to devote the manpower to do so,” Johnson tweeted on Tuesday morning.
The National Guard was deployed to Kenosha on Monday under an order from Evers called out.
— Oren Oppenheim
11:27 a.m.: Out-of-towners remain a concern for Kenoshans
Lori Zetterberg is a tax preparer for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service on 22nd street in Kenosha, a business that has been there for 21 years. The building sustained damage in Monday night’s unrest, with smashed windows, stolen computers and a business checkbook and damaged equipment.
“It’s gonna take a hit, but it’s gonna rebuild, it’s gonna be stronger,” she said.
She also echoed what other business owners have said in Kenosha: She doesn’t believe locals are to blame, and she fears out-of-towners will continue to ignite unrest Tuesday night.
Her business serves 1,200 customers and employs 22 at this location and others. “They know us and they love us.”
She said she employs people who support BLM. “I have employees that need me to rebuild.”
Zetterberg listened to the looting by using a security app on her phone and heard people in her own office say, “There ain’t sh– in here to take.”
“It’s devastating,” she said. “How does this help any situation, by burning down the city? This doesn’t get justice for anyone.”
— Elliot Hughes
11:08 a.m.: Windows at State Capitol vandalized yet again
Windows at the Wisconsin State Capitol were damaged during the Monday night protests in Madison, said State Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) in a press release.
Marklein said that the damage to his office was similar to the damage of nearly two months ago, when windows in his office were smashed during the protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“There is absolutely no justification for the vandalism, destruction, rioting and looting that took place at the State Capitol, in the City of Madison or the City of Kenosha last night,” he wrote in the Tuesday morning press release. “We need leadership in this state to take a stand, protect our citizens and call for peace, rather than capitulating to violent mobs.”
— Laura Schulte
10:28 a.m.: ‘I’m just trying to figure out what we did to deserve this. I treat people well’
Jim DeGrazio owns Treasures Within, a thrift store on 60th Street in Kenosha that was set on fire between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. last night. He said the building sustained $10,000 in damages, and insurance won’t cover the $6,000 to replace smashed windows. He also said merchandise was looted.
Like other owners, he saw his business get targeted on a livestream and heard his alarm on the livestream.
“I don’t really have a choice,” said DeGrazio, the owner for 28 years, when asked if he could rebuild. “This is my livelihood. I’m not a quitter. I’m just trying to figure out what we did to deserve this. I treat people well. It needs to stop.”
Kelly Towers lives in an apartment building next to Treasures Within and observed the property damage. She said the perpetrators tried setting fire to her building and smashed the windows and looted from Treasures Within, where she has helped as an employee in the past.
She said she tried to stop some people, but they threatened her and called her white slurs. As other buildings were set on fire she, said she saw people with red gasoline containers dousing the flames.
Several businesses nearby were vandalized at the intersection of 60th Street and 11th Avenue, including an auto repair shop, furniture store and cars in the Budget Motors dealership lot.
— Elliot Hughes
10:04 a.m.: Coopers Tavern sustains heavy damage in Madison, six arrests made
The Coopers Tavern was among the Madison businesses to sustain damage during Monday’s unrest, with all of its front windows smashed in.
The Tavern was at the center of protests earlier this summer, when prominent Madison activist Yeshua Musa was arrested there after using a bullhorn to yell at patrons inside the restaurant. He was charged with extortion in late June after investigators said he threatened to bash in windows of businesses unless employees gave him money. The front of the building was also tagged with, “free Yeshua.”
Madison Police confirmed Tuesday morning in a press release that they arrested six people during Monday night protests, including one person armed with a handgun. Overall, the release said, about 500 people attended the protests.
Arrests started after people started lighting fires in dumpsters, breaking windows and looting businesses, in addition to throwing rocks, bottles and other objects at officers throughout the night. The release confirmed the use of chemical agents on protesters again.
Madison Police will continue to investigate what happened during the Monday protests, in order to identify additional suspects.
— Laura Schulte
9:42 a.m.: Kenosha businesses bracing for rebuild
Damage to businesses in Kenosha is significant. The community correction division building at the corner of 60th St. and 13th Ave. was burnt to the ground. B&L Office Furniture, across 60th and two blocks away, is a total loss after being set on fire. At least four other businesses sustained smashed windows and other damage.
Christine Wallent’s family owns B&L, a family business for 40 years. Three generations have worked there.
“We were a staple of the community,” she said.
B&L furnished the fire department’s offices and other city offices. Wallent said homeless people walk the street regularly, and B&L would give them some odd jobs to do and give them some money in return.
“This isn’t a rich neighborhood,” she said. “This can’t rebuild easily.”
Wallent believes B&L, which is insured, can reestablish the business. Cameras show five to seven people entered the store and set it on fire.
“We have relationships and roots,” she said, adding that she didn’t believe anyone in Kenosha would do this. “This is numbing. This is our livelihood.”
Mike Dosemagen, a maintenance engineer for three city-owned museums, was outside the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, across from civic center park, picking up debris. A dinosaur skeleton on the front lawn was torn down Sunday night.
Dosemagen, a lifelong Kenosha resident, said he hopes they can board up the museum for tonight.
“Our contractor is running out of supplies,” he said. “I don’t know what to think. I never thought I’d see this in my life. I don’t know where it ends, or how.”
Dosemagen said he’s found what looks to be cutoff glove fingertips that are balled up at the base and set on fire, then tossed by protesters.
He echoed sentiments by others in Kenosha, that out-of-towners are playing a role in the chaos.
— Elliot Hughes
9:15 a.m.: Business owners assess damage on State Street in Madison
The smell of smoke and spilled liquor hung over State Street on Tuesday morning, following a night of unrest in Madison.
Up and down State Street, business owners were out evaluating damage, sweeping up smashed glass from windows and rehanging plywood on windows. Among the most heavily damaged storefronts were Teddywedgers Sandwich Shop, the It’s Sugar candy store and Badger Liquors – which was looted on Monday night. Bottles from Badger Liquor were scattered along State Street, smashed and broken. A bus stop on State Street also bore damage from the night, with all the windows smashed out.
Several buildings along State Street were also tagged with graffiti, with anti-police messaging as well as Black Lives Matter tags.
On Mifflin Street, the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management office had windows smashed in, with graffiti that read “Here are your premiums.” The UW Credit Union on Mifflin was also damaged, with crews working Tuesday morning to sweep up broken glass from the windows and hanging up fresh plywood.
— Laura Schulte
8:55 a.m.: Influential lobbyist building vandalized in Madison
The headquarters of one of the state’s most influential lobbying groups was set on fire and vandalized late Monday.
A crowd of hundreds setting fires and damaging property in downtown Madison to protest police brutality threw a Molotov cocktail at the entrance of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s offices on East Washington Avenue. The fire quickly dissipated.
The crowd smashed the building’s windows and spray painted, “you have stolen more than we could ever loot” on its side.
WMC was one of a number of businesses damaged by crowds in downtown Madison late Monday and early Tuesday.
According to Madison police, about 500 people marching around downtown Madison began setting fires in dumpsters and trash cans, breaking windows, and looting.
“One business was entered, and members of the crowd poured what appeared to be gasoline inside it, then attempted to start it on fire,” according to an incident report on the night.
Six people were arrested.
— Molly Beck
8:15 a.m.: Police arrest organizer of Madison protests, Jordan King
Police early Tuesday arrested one of the most high-profile organizers of Madison protests against police brutality – the best friend of Tony Robinson, a biracial teenager who was killed by a Madison police officer in 2015.
Jordan King, who spoke at a march around Madison the day after Robinson was killed and has led peaceful demonstrations in the five years since, was arrested at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Police are holding King at the Dane County jail on charges alleging he damaged state-owned land, damaged a cemetery, caused property damage worth more than $2,500 and carried a concealed weapon, according to jail records.
His arrest came at the conclusion of riots in downtown Madison protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black Kenosha man who was shot repeatedly in front of his children on Sunday by police officers.
For hours, the crowd lit fires, smashed windows and damaged the state Capitol, according to Journal Sentinel eyewitness accounts and accounts reported by journalists from other news outlets.
Will Cioci, a reporter for Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting, said police pulled up onto a curb and jumped out of a vehicle to arrest King.
“Based on the timestamps on my photos, 83 seconds passed between them first making contact with the man and him being pushed into the car,” Cioci tweeted.
— Molly Beck
7:51 a.m. Chicago Sun-Times reports that Blake paralyzed from waist down
Quoting Jacob Blake’s father, also named Jacob Blake, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that his son is paralyzed from the waist down.
The elder Blake said he did not know if the injury is permanent.
“I want to put my hand on my son’s cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I’ll be OK,” Blake’s father said. “I’ll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son.”
— JR Radcliffe
12:12 a.m.: Protests continue in Madison
The smell of fire hung over downtown Madison just after midnight Tuesday, after peaceful protests once again erupted into flames despite an impending rainstorm.
Protests in Wisconsin’s capital city started around 9 p.m., drawing out hundreds of protestors who were largely peaceful. The group marched up and down State Street and other streets near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, drawing students into their ranks, according to tweets from Emily Hamer, a reporter with the Wisconsin State Journal.
As night fell, the protests became more tumultuous as the number of people in the crowd dwindled slightly. Several dumpsters were set on fire, according to tweets from Capitol Times reporter Jessie Opoien, and firefighters were working to extinguish the blazes. Tweets also showed police on horseback working to push protestors away from a liquor store on State Street after the door was busted in.
The protesters were still out despite a severe storm rolling into the city, bringing claps of thunder and rain.
A Journal Sentinel reporter saw people looting Warby Parker and other stores along State Street, and noted that windows at UW Credit Union on the square surrounding the capitol were completely bashed in.