State of Emergency Declared in Wisconsin After Two Nights of Violence

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency after two nights of violent protests. Previously, it was announced that the state will increase the presence of the National Guard for the protection of buildings during the demonstrations.

In the executive order, Tony Evers called for “additional elements of the Wisconsin National Guard” to support local law enforcement, “protect critical infrastructure and cultural institutions, and provide support to first responders.” In addition, he noted that the security forces “cannot be used to impede the ability of people to protest peacefully or impede the ability of the media to report on demonstrations.”

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The day before, the National Guard was summoned by Evers to “ensure that the people of Wisconsin can assemble safely.” Kenosha city authorities decreed a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

The latest wave of protests against racism and police violence swept through the small US city of Kenosha (almost a Chicago suburb) after a video appeared on social media showing police officers shooting Jacob Black, an African American man, at point-blank range. The man survived, although he remains paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the back seven times.

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Angry protesters marched through the streets of Kenosha, setting cars and buildings ablaze, smashing windows and clashing with police officers. This is just the last incident of systemic racism by the US police and the perpetrating officer, instead of being fired or arrested, was put on paid leave.

Videos shared on social media showed the aftermath of the looting and arson in the city.

Featured image: © REUTERS / STEPHEN MATUREN

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