Justice advocates are once again fighting for answers after Minneapolis police fatally shot 23-year-old Dolal Idd on Wednesday. According to ABC News, Idd was killed in the same neighborhood where George Floyd was murdered by police officers in May. Idd’s untimely death is also the first to come at the hands of Minneapolis police officers since Floyd.
In response, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who represents most of Minneapolis, called Idd’s death “state sanctioned murder.”
“A man was killed, his family terrorized & robbed of a son and all they are left w/ is more questions than answers,” Omar tweeted. “Let’s stop normalizing + justifying state sanctioned murder by those who take an oath to uphold the law.”
What does the body cam footage show?
According to law enforcement, who have since released brief footage from one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting, police officers only shot and killed Idd after he fired on officers first.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that officers on the scene, nearby witnesses, and the released body cam footage confirm that Idd shot first.
“When I viewed the video that everyone else is viewing… it appears that the individual inside the vehicle fired his weapon at the vehicle first,” Arradondo said, according to ABC News.
(Content Warning: The following video contains graphic footage):
According to WCCO-TV, police said they were attempting to stop Idd because he was a suspect in a felony gun investigation. ABC News reported that officials said a weapon was recovered at the scene.
Still, Idd’s family is demanding answers.
Bayle Gelle, Idd’s father, accused police of acting discriminately.
“We need justice, we need justice. They don’t want to give us any answers,” Gelle told WCCO. “He was just sitting in the car, and bullets were shot at him, and no reason. Why are we here? Because why were they shooting? Because of color. He is a black man. We want to know why my sweet son gets shot and killed.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into the incident.
Disturbing video is coming out of Canada showing police officers assaulting and aiming a taser at a young man for playing ice hockey at an outside rink in Alberta.
A viral video shows Calgary police shutting down a pickup ice hockey game at an outside rink. The cops claim that the game was violating public health orders. There were reports of 40 people at the Southwood community rink and skatepark.
According to the Alberta government website: “Outdoor team sports must also be limited to 10 people or fewer and 2 metre distancing must be maintained at all times.”
Two female officers attempt to apprehend the man, who refuses to abide by the cops’ orders to get on the ground. One officer is caught on video kneeing the hockey player, but he continues to stand on the ice. During the tussle, one of the police officers falls to the ground.
When someone asks why the officer has their hand on a gun, the cop replies, “It’s not a gun, it’s a taser, and he’s under arrest, and I have the authority to use force to effect an arrest.”
While pointing her taser squarely aimed at the man, the cop screams, “Get on the ground! Get on the f***ing ground! Get on the ground before I f***ing taser you!”
Onlookers urge the man to come off the ice and surrender to the police.
One female officer appears to try to put a chokehold on the man, but fails. The police officers attempt to bring the man to the ground, but he continues to stand in one place and asks, “Why do I have to go to the ground?” One of the officers kicks the man several times in the groin area.
The officers finally have the man’s hands behind his back, and he says, “I just asked you what you were doing to that little kid.”
The “little kid” could be in reference to a 12-year-old Rayan Sanoubar, who was instructed by police to stop skateboarding at the same park.
“A peace officer came sat in this car and got out and… told skateboarders we have to go and [were] not allowed to be there and we all refused and he called for backup for other police to come,” Sanoubar told the Global News.
“They had him on the ground for six minutes, just frozen, cutting his skates off with a knife,” Sanoubar said. “They arrested him and threatened us saying: ‘We are going to give you tickets if you don’t walk away.'”
Authorities said a 21-year-old was charged with obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, and violating the public health act.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said on Friday, “If you see flagrant violations happening, you should phone them in. It doesn’t mean if a random pickup hockey game starts on a rink and breaks up quickly you’re going to be calling the cops — if you’re seeing people putting others at risk, it’s something you should be calling in.”
“There’s no hard, fast rules on how many people may be on a rink … but you’ll know it when you see it,” Nenshi added.
The names “Ocean” and “Orca” are heard being said in the video. The young man being arrested is allegedly 21-year-oldOceanWiesblatt, according to Rebel News founder Ezra Levant. Ocean Wiesblatt plays for the Portage Terriers, a Canadian junior “A” ice hockey team.
Wiesblatt comes from a family of hockey players; his three brothers, including Orca Wiesblatt, play junior hockey. Another brother, Ozzy Wiesblatt, is an NHL prospect who was drafted in the first round of the 2020 draft by the San Jose Sharks in October.
The Wiesblatt brothers and their mother, who is deaf, were featured in a SportsNet video last December, where the family from Calgary talked about how hockey helped them to overcome adversity.
The Remarkable Story Of The Wiesblatt Family | Home Team Heroes
Federal authorities have launched a civil rights investigation into the death of a teenager shot more than a dozen times by police.
What is the background?
The shooting death of 17-year-old John Albers in Overland Park, Kansas, sparked national outcry in January 2018 and triggered accusations of excessive use of force.
Police were dispatched to Albers’ home on Jan. 20, 2018, to perform a wellness check after they were alerted that he was threatening to hurt himself. The situation quickly escalated when the two officers arrived at the home.
One of the responding officers approached the home’s garage door after it opened. That’s when a minivan began backing out, allegedly toward one of the officers. The officer drew his firearm and ordered the vehicle to stop. The driver inside initially complied.
But then investigators say the driver suddenly accelerated, drove erratically in the neighborhood, then backed over the curb in front of the house and allegedly headed toward the officer. One police officer responded by firing 13 shots at the vehicle, ultimately killing the driver — who was Albers.
Following an investigation, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced the officer responsible for killing Albers would not face criminal charges because the shooting was justified under Kansas state law.
“It should have been we are terminating you and charges brought against him because he didn’t follow the policy and used excessive force and cost my son his life,” Albers’ mom, Sheila, recently told WDAF-TV of the officer who killed her son.
According to KMBC-TV, the Overland Park Police Department has implemented significant policy changes since Albers’ death, including how officers respond to mental health crises as well as adopting a policy that prohibits shooting at moving vehicles, with exceptions in rare circumstances, like an act of terrorism.
What’s happening now?
The Department of Justice revealed last week it has opened a civil rights investigation into Albers’ untimely death.
“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said.
The FBI’s Kansas City field office, the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas, and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division are jointly working on the investigation, NBC News reported.
Authorities did not specify which potential violations of Albers’ civil rights they are investigating.
In response, Sheila told KMBC-TV, “I’m stunned. I’m completely stunned. My first thought was, ‘Finally. Finally, there will be some transparency and there will be accountability.'”
Civil rights investigation launched into fatal shooting of Overland Park teen
Protesters predictably took to the streets in anger after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the charges against former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Brett Hankison on Wednesday.
Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. It’s a felony charge, but it has nothing to do with the fact that the officers shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her home during an overnight raid. Hankison was charged because he recklessly shot into the building and surrounding apartments. The two other officers involved were not charged at all.
Legally, it was probably the right call. And that’s the problem. That’s why it’s so frustrating.
Taylor was suspected to be connected to her ex-boyfriend’s drug trafficking activity. So the police had a warrant that legally allowed them to break into Taylor’s apartment after midnight on March 13. The warrant didn’t require them to knock, although Cameron claims they did.
Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, was also in the apartment. He was a legal gun owner. When men, not in uniform, broke in the apartment in the middle of the night, he did what almost anyone with a gun might do — he used that gun to defend himself, his loved one, and their property from aggressors.
He didn’t know he was shooting at cops. He thought it was a home invasion. Which is, by the way, an exceedingly reasonable thought to have when someone suddenly begins beating down your door in the middle of the night.
So in the heat of the moment, Walker fired one shot, which hit one of the officers in the leg. The officers then sprayed roughly two dozen bullets into and around the apartment, with six of them hitting Taylor. Walker was left inside to call 911, sobbing inconsolably, as he called for help for his dying girlfriend and tried to make sense of what had just happened.
AUDIO: 911 call from Kenneth Walker night Breonna Taylor died
Once Walker fired that shot, the officers were legally enabled to use deadly force against Taylor and Walker. Every one of those 20+ bullets was legally justified because of Walker’s one shot.
Breonna Taylor was not a violent criminal. At this point, there’s no proof that she’s a criminal at all. Police didn’t find any drugs, drug money, or illegal weapons in her apartment after they killed her. The problem isn’t the charge against Hankison; the problem is the decisions that led to that violent confrontation in the first place.
If police are going to be protected in situations where they have to use deadly force against suspects — which they must be in order to do their jobs — then they have a responsibility to avoid creating unnecessary situations in which that deadly force must be used, like those LMPD officers did the night Taylor was killed.
Police should not have gotten a no-knock warrant in this situation. Police should not have been sent to break down her door overnight in a surprise raid on the off chance she had some illegal items in her home. She was a 26-year-old emergency medical technician. She wouldn’t have been difficult to find or arrest any number of other ways, if an arrest was even justified.
But because a potential nonviolent drug offender was treated with such aggression, she was killed, her boyfriend was put in an impossible and traumatic situation, a police officer was shot, another was fired and charged with three felony counts, and public trust for law enforcement took another hit.
And in the end, taxpayers with no role or responsibility in the situation footed the bill for the $12 million settlement the city paid Taylor’s family in a civil lawsuit.
A citizen was killed in her home by the state, and while an officer was held accountable for bullets that went through apartment walls, no officers were held accountable for the bullets that pierced Breonna Taylor’s body and ended her life.
We need to focus on making sure police are made to carry out their duties in a way that maximizes public safety and doesn’t violate people’s rights. We have to make sure people like Breonna Taylor don’t get treated as expendable because of their proximity to drugs. We have to fight for the change that prevents these encounters from occurring, so we don’t have to wait for a charging decision in fleeting hope for some form of justice after someone has been wrongly killed.
Regardless of what you think of Breonna Taylor, or what you think of police, we should all be able to agree that a system that produces this outcome when it works as intended needs to be altered and improved.
Breonna Taylor’s life can’t be restored, and the pain and trauma felt by her loved ones will last a lifetime. I just pray that the lessons learned from this tragedy can be used to save lives like hers in the future.
We warned all throughout the MONTH of AUGUST that markets just don’t accept the REALITY of VALUATIONS anymore and one week afterward, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ peaked and have since entered a correction (NASDAQ for now).
Historically, as we explained, September is the market’s WORST MONTH, but this is getting even more SCREWED UP since Europe is considering a second quarantine period while elections in the U.S., which are the BIGGEST UNKNOWN, are rapidly approaching.
Listen closely: Americans are so programmed by propaganda ON BOTH ENDS of the spectrum that the questions asked to everyday citizens reflect the SERIOUS NUMBNESS of the average voter:
As you can see, the RACE IS TIGHT and the stakes are high!
Yesterday, I watched the amazing documentary “The Social Dilemma,” which proves beyond any shadow of a doubt what the business model incentives of social media giants are, and it will be them that DECIDE THE OUTCOME of this presidential run come November.
Between now and then, here’s what could HELP TRUMP, and below that is what could help BIDEN:
Vaccine news – the cure will obviously be positive for Donald Trump, who will RIDE THE COATTAILS, taking credit for the record-fast approval process.
Quarantines and school closures – I have no doubt that Democratic states are going to MAKE LIFE a living hell for residents because they must show Trump’s inadequacy with containing the pandemic.
Debates – obviously, the more we allow these two TO CONFRONT each other, the more Trump has a chance to shine.
Social unrest – if chaos returns, police defunding claims will bring voters to Trump, who is against it. Police brutality, on the other hand, indirectly helps Biden.
For now, markets are still IN SHOCK that Trump’s approval ratings aren’t what they were pre-COVID-19. In January, no one predicted a close race, so I believe that if Biden’s chances are real, it could be AN INITIAL re-rating of equities downwards due to the high probability of higher corporate taxes.
So, when looking at this -12% correction in the NASDAQ, don’t assume it has anything to do with the presidency because it doesn’t.
Prices of equities are TOO HIGH and it’s dawning on institutional investors that they can invest in the recovery by going LONG the beaten-down industries, thus leaving the “bubble territory” to the retail public to MESS WITH.
Now, after the dynamite has exploded, we believe institutions will use stink bids and get back into tech.
We sure are exploring the matter using THIS new watch list.
After already being out of the woods, the SECOND-WAVE mentality that is taking over is depressing and I expect many controversies in the COMING MONTHS.
Lastly, we’re working on a BIG ALERT that you don’t want to miss, so stay focused on what’s coming.
A police officer shot an allegedly armed man who fled a traffic stop Wednesday in Chicago. On Thursday, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam footage of the incident after the man’s family disputed that he had a gun.
Cook County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a driver for speeding in Chicago’s LeClaire Courts neighborhood at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle is said to be missing a front license plate and had illegally tinted windows, as reported in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The driver stopped, opened his door, but refused to exit the vehicle. He then allegedly drove off and turned down an alley. He abandoned his car and fled on foot. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office alleges that the man had something in his hand, and dropped a black cellphone while fleeing police.
The man, identified as Durel Foster, reportedly ignored deputies’ commands to stop. Bodycam footage appears to show Foster, 27, brandishing a handgun as defies orders and runs past cops.
After Foster runs past one of the police officers with what looks like a firearm, the cop fires four shots at the man. Foster was hit by two shots, one struck him in the shoulder and the other in the buttocks. Foster falls to the ground, sits back up, then flails back down.
Deputies claim that Foster resisted arrest after being shot, and ran to a nearby porch. Foster was eventually taken into custody after a police officer used a Taser on him.
He was handcuffed, arrested, and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is said to be in good condition. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office claims a handgun and bags of suspected cocaine were found near Foster.
Foster’s father, Maurice Foster, said, “Police stopped him because of the way he looked.”
“He’s a young Black man, he had nice jewelry on, nice clothes,” Maurice Foster said. “They didn’t even tell me when they put him in the ambulance, he was already shot twice and tased, he had the handcuffs on … and they put him in the ambulance for 10 minutes.”
The father denied that his son was armed and disputes that he had a gun during the incident.
“I can’t see real good from the footage,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t see what’s in his hand. I see him toss a bag. It goes by real fast, and it’s blurry also.”
The father said he hasn’t been able to speak with his son since the arrest. He added that his son is “an excellent basketball player, he’s smart, he’s intelligent, he’s respectful, and he’s good to his family.”
Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect had three prior felony convictions, including aggravated battery on a police officer in 2018, according to the New York Post. He was sentenced to four years in prison and had been on parole in Illinois at the time of Wednesday’s arrest.
Chicago police are conducting an independent investigation into the shooting.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police Release Body Cam Video After Officer Shoots Man
Protests broke out in south Los Angeles on Monday after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a black man they stopped for riding a bike illegally, ABC News reported.
The speed with which anti-police protests mobilized after the shooting highlight the extreme tension surrounding the issue of police violence against minorities. A day later, there are still few details available on the incident, and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is urging the public to be patient with the investigation.
“Give us time to conduct our investigation,” Lt. Brandon Dean said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We will get all of the facts of this case and eventually present them.”
According to Dean, two deputies saw a man riding a bike in violation of vehicle codes Monday afternoon. Dean said he doesn’t know what the specific violation was.
The deputies confronted the man, who has been identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee. Dean said that Kizzee dropped his bike and fled when the deputies attempted to make contact with him.
They caught up to Kizzee after about a block, and Kizzee allegedly punched one of them in the face. During the altercation, Kizzee dropped a bundle of clothes he was carrying, and the deputies spotted a gun on the ground in the clothes. Both deputies shot Kizzee, killing him.
A witness video posted to social media shows a clip of the deputies chasing Kizzee down the street, and a subsequent clip shows the moments after they shot him.
Content warning: vulgar language and potentially disturbing imagery:
Shooting by police on 109th/Normandie in Los Angeles. Killed with 27 shots. And then they handcuffed him dead. https://t.co/YG20VaqKTI
There are crucial details missing at this time, as authorities continue to investigate the shooting. We don’t know what the initial violation was that caused the deputies to pursue Kizzee. We don’t know whether Kizzee was in legal possession of the weapon he was carrying. We don’t know whether Kizzee was attempting to reach for or use his weapon against the deputies when they shot him or whether he simply dropped it on the ground.
Still, a large group of protesters marched on the sheriff’s department Monday evening and night, chanting and protesting what they believe was another unjust killing of a black man. In the past six months, the police killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis and most recently the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have spurred a perpetual state of protest and rioting in some parts of the United States.
The NFL, once openly opposed to overt social justice or political demonstrations, will reportedly allow players to put the name of a victim of police brutality or systemic racism on the back of their helmets this season, according to Pro Football Talk.
Mike Florio writes:
It’s a fairly thick white strip, where multiple organizations currently print the names of their teams. The names of specific persons will be easy to see when TV cameras capture close-up images of players on the field.
The names will come from an approved list, with names like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery among the possibilities.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has softened his stance toward social justice issues in recent months, notably lamenting the fact that he didn’t listen more to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick about the issues he was protesting by kneeling during the national anthem.
ESPN reported over the weekend that the NFL was planning “extensive content” around social justice for the season’s opening week of games.
The black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be performed before games, and the end zones will feature messages of “End Racism” and “It Takes All of Us.”
Game day broadcasts may include players reading personal poems or telling person stories of their experiences with social injustice or racism.
At least one team, the Arizona Cardinals, has considered a Week 1 boycott of games in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ESPN reported.
The NBA has put forward the most overt social justice demonstrations of all the major American professional sports leagues, with players sporting league-approved social justice messages on the back of their jerseys, ranging from “Black Lives Matter,” to “Group Economics.” The words “Black Lives Matter” are featured on the courts during games.
That focus on political activism may be turning some viewers off from the league, however. Despite a presumably strong appetite for sports after the hiatus caused by COVID-19, the NBA’s ratings have been disappointing during its playoff season.
“People are angry about it … they don’t want — they have enough politics with guys like me, they don’t need more,” President Donald Trump said of the league’s struggling ratings, according to the Washington Times. “The NBA is in trouble. I think it’s in big trouble, bigger trouble than they understand.”
The NBA will most likely resume its postseason this weekend after taking a couple of days off to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ESPN reported.
“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled,” an NBA statement read. “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday. There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.”
The protest began Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to take the court for game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic. The Magic were warming up on the court for the game, meanwhile the Bucks were on a Zoom call with Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, discussing what they could do about the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Magic also agreed not to play, leading to the other four teams scheduled for Wednesday night action to join the protest.
For a brief period of time Wednesday night, the NBA season seemed to be in jeopardy. Most teams wanted to resume, but two of the league’s highest profile teams—the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers—voted to end the season altogether.
The strike began somewhat spontaneously with the Bucks, because the Blake shooting occurred in their home state. Because it wasn’t an organized protest, there was no clear goal or change being sought. Some players were reportedly upset that the Bucks decided to disrupt the season without consulting anyone else.
The spontaneous protest led to cancellation of Thursday’s games as well, but a question remained: What purpose would not playing games serve?
“The question we asked our players: What do you hope to accomplish by not playing the games?” a team executive told ESPN. “The answers were very different. I think that’s something everyone is still formulating for themselves. What’s the endgame here, and does not playing accomplish it?”
After hours of deliberation, the players have decided to return to games, likely due to a combination of financial considerations for both owners and players, and a lack of agreement on how a boycott could serve to make a positive social change.
Violent and destructive riots have broken out each night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, since Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back Sunday by a police officer after resisting arrest during a domestic disturbance call.
Jacob Blake, the black man shot multiple times in an altercation with Kenosha Police Department officers over the weekend, is paralyzed from the waist down, his father told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Blake, 29, was shot in the back seven or eight times by officers who, based on a brief video clip, appeared to be attempting to detain him after responding to a domestic disturbance call. It’s unclear what role Blake played in the domestic dispute, but witnesses have said Blake was there to break up the fight.
From the Sun-Times:
His father said there are now “eight holes” in his son’s body, and he’s paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors don’t yet know if the injury is permanent.
The elder Blake is now making the drive from Charlotte, North Carolina, to be with his son in the hospital Tuesday.
“I want to put my hand on my son’s cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I’ll be OK,” his father said. “I’ll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son.”
The Kenosha Police Department has not released further information about the incident yet, so the only available evidence is a video clip that begins with Blake being restrained on the ground by multiple officers near his car.
CNN reported that during the 911 call that brought officers to the scene, the dispatcher says Blake “isn’t supposed to be there” and that he had taken someone’s keys and refused to leave the scene.
The person who recorded the viral video of the shooting, Raysean White, said Blake showed up at the scene where two women were arguing, told one of his sons who was there to get in his car, and then walked into a home. White said he stepped away for a few moments and returned to see police wrestling with Blake, which is when he started recording.
One witness said the officers were punching and tasing Blake on the ground. Somehow, as the video shows, Blake escapes their grip and is able to get up. He begins walking around his car toward the driver’s side front door. The officers follow him around the car, with guns aimed at him.
Blake opens the door and reaches in, and at least one officer shoots him in the back multiple times at close range. Blake’s children were reportedly in the car at the time.The witness said he heard officers say Blake had a knife. It’s unknown whether Blake was in possession of a knife or any other weapon.
Shooting of Jacob Blake sparks protests in Wisconsin
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as state and county law enforcement officials conduct an investigation.
Court records show that Blake was charged with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse on July 6, and an arrest warrant was issued on July 7, but it’s not clear whether or not those charges were a factor in the attempted arrest of Blake or the shooting.
After video clip of a black man in Wisconsin being shot in the back by police went viral, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden described the shooting “excessive force” and called for equal justice for black Americans.
Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was shot seven times in the back by police. Only a short video clip of the shooting is available, and the full details of the events leading to the shooting have not been publicized.
“And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force,” Biden said in a statement Monday. “This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.
“These shots pierce the soul of our nation,” Biden continued. “Jill and I pray for Jacob’s recovery and for his children.”
What do we know?
Kenosha Police Department officers responded to a call about a domestic incident at about 5 p.m. Sunday. The video circulating publicly does not show what this incident was.
The clip begins with Blake walking around his car from the passenger side toward the driver’s side, being followed by officers who have weapons drawn and aimed at him.
Blake opens the door to his car and appears to lean or reach inside when one officer grabs his shirt and seven shots ring out at close range, striking him in the back. Blake was critically injured but his condition has since stabilized and improved, and he is expected to survive.
A neighbor reported seeing Blake breaking up a fight. Multiple police officers arrived on the scene and allegedly attempted to talk to Blake, who refused and tried to leave. Three of his children — ages 3, 5 and 8 —were reportedly in the car. It has not been determined whether or not Blake had a weapon in his possession or in the vehicle.
This video contains graphic/disturbing content and language.
NEW ANGLE FROM POLICE SHOOTING JACOB BLAKE IN KENOSHA WISCONSIN
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
The shooting quickly led to protests in the city, which devolved into riots with city vehicles set on fire, windows smashed, and protesters clashing with law enforcement. The county courthouse was closed Monday due to damage. Tear gas was deployed to scatter the crowd, and a curfew is in place.
A police officer in Melbourne, Australia, is now under investigation by the department after the officer was seen on video choking a woman he was reportedly attempting to arrest after a confrontation over her violation of the city’s mask mandate, CNN reported.
According to police, officers were out on patrol when they saw a 21-year-old woman not wearing a mask. In Melbourne, everyone is required to wear a mask in public, even outdoors.
They confronted the woman, who allegedly refused to give her name and address, leading police to arrest her. Once they attempted to detain her, police say she began resisting.
In the process of restraining her, a male officer is seen on video with his hands around her neck choking her and taking her to the ground.
Victoria police officer filmed allegedly choking and pinning woman to the ground
The woman’s boyfriend told 7News that she had an exemption for not wearing a mask, but police say she didn’t mention that during the encounter and arrest. The typical punishment for violation of the mask mandate is a fine. From CNN:
It is currently mandatory to wear a face covering in parts of Victoria state. Under strict coronavirus measures, those caught without a face covering face a fine of 200 AUD (about $140 USD).
“Police made the decision to arrest the woman after she failed to provide her name and address. She also did not state she had an exemption for not wearing a face covering,” said police in a statement.
The police say, and the video backs them, that the woman became physically aggressive when they initiated the arrest. The woman’s boyfriend, however, believes it to be ridiculous that it even came to that over the fact that she wasn’t wearing a mask outdoors.
“The way that they came up to us all intimidating is itself enough,” he told 7 News. “They’re meant to make us feel protected, right? We don’t feel protected.”
Many public health experts, even those that believe non-medical masks are effective against the spread of COVID-19, typically say that they are not needed in outdoor scenarios where social distancing is possible.
In the United States, there is evidence from outdoor gatherings and crowded beaches — not to mention protests — that there is not a high risk of COVID-19 transmission from outdoor activities.
A sheriff in Florida is reconsidering his department’s relationship with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball after a post on the team’s Twitter account called for the arrest of the police officers responsible for Breonna Taylor’s death, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
What’s this about? On July 24, opening day of the Major League Baseball season, the official Twitter account for the Tampa Bay Rays posted: “Today is Opening Day, which means it’s a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor.”
Today is Opening Day, which means it’s a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor
Taylor was shot and killed in her home on March 13 by Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers who were serving a no-knock warrant at her home in the middle of the night based on suspicion of her involvement with drug trafficking. The officers, Sgt. Jon Mattingly, and Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison, have not been charged. Hankison was fired in June.
Law enforcement upset: Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times that he called Rays President Matt Silverman last weekend to complain about the tweet.
“To turn a baseball event into a political event is uncalled for,” Gualtieri said. “It’s just wrong, and it’s improper. It’s just reckless. It’s throwing gasoline on the fire, and it didn’t need to happen.”
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office provides some security services for Rays games, but now Gualtieri isn’t sure that will continue. Gualtieri said Silverman told him the tweet had not been approved by the highest levels of the organization. However, a week later, the tweet is still active, indicating that the team stands by it.
St. Petersburg Police Department Chief Anthony Holloway also didn’t like the tweet and said he “disagreed with its characterization of the officers,” but said his department will continue providing security services for the team.
“I called the Rays organization and we had a long discussion,” Holloway told the Tampa Bay Times, “However, this one ‘tweet’ will not impact our commitment as a professional agency to provide a secure environment for fans at future Rays games.”
Social justice and sports are inseparable now: The major professional sports leagues are all featuring some level of social justice protest, with players from MLB and the NBA kneeling during or before the national anthem, and the NBA featuring the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on the court. The NFL will have anti-racism phrases in the end zones when its season begins later this year.
Anyone who relishes any level of freedom and security should not ever accept martial law. It’s by far, one of the evilest and most deceitful ways to conduct a war on the people who the ruling class has stolen from for years in order to ensure they can outgun the enemy. We are on the cusp of it too, and some areas are already under martial law. The government has declared war on its own people and they will not give up power willingly. You have two choices, obey or disobey. Neither are good.
In interviews with the Guardian, Democrat Ron Wyden said the federal government’s authoritarian tactics in Portland and other cities posed an “enormous” threat to democracy, while his fellow senator Jeff Merkley described it as “an all-out assault in military-style fashion.” Keep in mind, that it isn’t like the protestors in Portland are being peaceful either. If anything, they are being destructive and the regular citizens, are being restrained from protecting themselves in the midst of so many laws and regulations.
Speaking by phone, Wyden said: “Unless America draws a line in the sand right now, I think we could be staring down the barrel of martial law in the middle of a presidential election.” Protesting peacefully and rioting are two different things. Are some of the rioters paid agitators? That’s more likely than not. We know George Soros is funding the majority of this violence. So should cities just burn? No, that’s not a solution either. It is possible to be against the violence of the federal agents and the violence of the rioters at the same time. In fact, it’s hypocritical and immoral to take any other position.
Prepare for martial law and continued civil unrest. People are not going to be content nor will they accept the outcome of the election in November regardless of which puppet the Federal Reserve has already decided will sit on the throne. If you don’t know how to defend yourself and some of the fundamental basics of self-defense, now would be an excellent time to learn. The mainstream media and the politicians are using predictive programming to tell us what’s coming, and from what I can tell, it will not be a fun autumn or winter this year.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens published a livestream video on Wednesday, decrying the movement for trying to turn George Floyd into a martyr for black America.
The death of Floyd, a victim in a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police killing, spurred on nationwide protests following his May death.
What are the details?
Owens in a Facebook Live video said that she refused to buy into the idea that Floyd should be the impetus for a race relations overhaul in the United States.
“I do not support George Floyd and the media depiction of him as a martyr for black America,” she insisted.
Pointing out Floyd’s troubled legal history — including a time when he reportedly threatened a pregnant woman with a gun during a violent robbery — Owens explained that she’s not defending the officer accused of killing Floyd, but simply refuses to accept the martyr narrative.
“You would be hard-pressed to find, you know, a Jewish person that’s had five stints in prison that commits a crime and dies while committing a crime and that the Jewish people champion and demand justice for,” she said.
Owens added, “I want to be very clear: What I am saying is not any defense for [accused former police officer] Derek Chauvin. I hope Derek Chauvin gets the justice that he deserves to be implemented upon him, and that the family of George Floyd deserves justice for the way that he died.”
“He has a rap sheet that was long and was dangerous,” Owens said. “He was an example of a violent criminal his entire life, OK? Up until the very last moment.”
She insisted, “I am not going to accept the narrative that this is the best the black community has to offer. George Floyd was not an amazing person. I am not going to play a part of the broken black culture that always wants to martyr criminals, to pretend that they were upstanding human beings that just wanted to help society.”
The conservative commenter also pointed out that the black community should be ashamed of itself for holding Floyd up as an example.
“We are embarrassing in that regard,” she added. “This is why we have a cycle and a toxic culture because nobody wants to tell the truth in black America. It is so easy to be effective it is so easy to ask white people to bow down and apologize and do all these things for us. It is crap.”
She concluded, “Racially motivated police brutality is a myth.”
The NFL is planning to join the NBA in allowing players to make statements about social justice on their game uniforms, according to the Associated Press.
Teams can choose to wear helmet decals honoring the victims of police brutality, including George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis Police Department officers, and Breonna Taylor, who was killed by Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers.
The program will extend throughout the season, and the NFL is working with the players union to put together a list of names that teams can select from.
It’s unusual for the NFL to allow such an open expression of social justice activism, as the league has been resistant to such demonstrations — and probably became more resistant after the backlash that has accompanied players kneeling during the national anthem.
From the Associated Press:
This initiative is something of a breakthrough because the league has not allowed such messaging, except for during its October NFL Crucial Catch program in conjunction with the fight against breast cancer, and in its November salutes to the military. Players also have been allowed to represent a cause on their cleats one weekend per season.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently apologized for his opposition to peaceful protests before games in the past, presumably including anthem kneeling. There is a significant portion of the NFL fan base that is opposed to anthem kneeling, viewing it as disrespectful to veterans and to the country.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in June. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.”
Also, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song also known as the “black national anthem,” will reportedly be played at every Week 1 NFL game and ahead of “The Star-Spangled Banner” when the season begins.
The NFL is moving in the direction of the NBA, which has for years allowed overt and individual expressions of social justice protest against racism or police brutality.
The NBA is allowing players to choose from an approved list of social justice phrases to wear on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. Approved phrases include “Black Lives Matter,” “Say Their Names,” “Power to the People,” “Liberation,” and “Group Economics.”
The phrase “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on the courts when the league resumes its season on July 30 in Orlando, Florida, after several months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Body camera video shows an NYPD officer punching, choking, and macing a homeless man. The man was physically thrown out of a nearly empty New York City subway car for allegedly taking up more than one seat.
Bodycam footage of an aggressive arrest that was recorded in late May was made public on Wednesday by the Legal Aid Society. At approximately 12:30 a.m. on May 25, Joseph Troiano was told to exit a New York City subway car by NYPD officers. Troiano, 30, left the subway car and relocated to the neighboring one.
The NYPD cops followed Troiano into the other car of the No. 6 train heading to Brooklyn. “Step off or I gotta drag you off,” Officer Shimul Saha is heard telling Troiano.
According to a criminal complaint, the police approached Troiano because he was “occupying more than one seat.” The video, which was edited by the Legal Aid Society, shows that the subway car was nearly empty.
“You can’t arrest me for not wanting to get off of the train,” Troiano replies to the police officers.
NYPD Officer Adonis Long attempts to physically remove Troiano, and the man bats away the cop’s hand. Officer Long attempts to pull Troiano out of the seat, and he resists. Then Long punches Troiano twice in the face.
Troiano is physically thrown out of the subway car and falls to the ground on the subway platform. Troiano is ordered to sit on the floor by police. After he does not comply, Long is seen pepper-spraying Troiano in the face at close proximity.
Troiano is crying and screaming, “Stop!” Police officers attempt to handcuff Troiano, but he resists. While trying to pin Troiano to the ground, Officer Long is seen choking the man.
The officers finally handcuff Troiano. “I’m having a panic attack, please,” he tells the cops. The officers tell him to “relax.” EMTs arrive at the scene of the arrest and transport him to Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Troiano was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and second-degree assault, which is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance originally pushed for the felony charge because the criminal complaint stated that Long “sustained swelling and substantial pain to the knuckles of his right hand and was transported to the hospital” after he was allegedly kicked by Troiano.
“He informs me that because of the swelling he is unable to open and close his hand without experiencing pain,” Officer Saha wrote in his police report.
The felony charge was dismissed this week after the case made headlines.
“Up until yesterday, the DA’s office fully intended to prosecute this case as a felony. It’s shameful that it takes a bad headline for Vance and his ADA’s to finally do right by our vulnerable clients,” said Edda Ness of the Legal Aid Society, who is representing Troiano. “We demand that DA Vance immediately dismiss all charges pending against Joseph.”
Troiano’s lawyer pointed out that Officer Long’s right hand may have been injured from punching the homeless man. “If you look at the video, and see the way he punches Joseph, then perhaps he got the injury that way,” Ness said.
The DA’s office said that it is investigating possible police misconduct.
“We are reviewing the footage and continuing to investigate all aspects of this interaction,” said Caitlyn Fowles, a spokesperson for Vance. “Our office has charged dozens of uniformed officers for official misconduct and violence since 2010, and will continue to do so in any case where such charges are supported by the facts and the law.”
Troiano’s arrest happened hours before the death of George Floyd and the subsequent worldwide protests against police brutality.
Protests erupted in Detroit on Friday after police shot and killed 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton earlier in the day. Within hours of the fatal shooting, rumors quickly circulated that Littleton was another victim of police brutality.
“We hear one thing from the police, and another thing from the community. The community told us that the police pulled up, told (him) to get on the ground. He put his hands up, and these mother f****** shot him in the back of the head,” Asar Amen-Ra, a man who described himself as Littleton’s uncle, told the Detroit Free Press.
However, Detroit Police Chief James Craig worked to quickly flip the narrative on its head, releasing officer dash camera and body camera footage within hours of the fatal shooting to dispel the rumors.
At a press conference, Craig explained that officers were attempting to arrest an unrelated man when Littleton told officers, “you are not going to take my man, in other words, take him into custody,” before pulling out a handgun and opening fire on officers.
Littleton fired two shots before officers returned fire. Craig said that Littleton managed to fire two more shots as he fell to the ground. In total, three officers fired just four shots, Craig said.
The police chief explained that video showed Littleton aimed for one officer’s head — but fortunately missed.
“He was using a .25 caliber blue steel automatic pistol. This comes from body cameras as well as an in dash camera from one of our scouts,” Craig said, Fox News reported. “There were eight shots fired in five seconds. Four fired by three officers, one officer fired two shots, and then four shots fired by the suspect.”
“As Littleton raised the gun in his left hand he was aiming at the head of the officer,” he explained.
No officers were injured in the shooting. However, the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave pending a complete investigation.
A black NYPD cop recorded a video to lampoon new and overly cautious policing tactics being implemented in New York City following the nationwide protests against police brutality.
In the parody video, the unnamed NYPD police officer said he has been “studying these tactical videos” that he has been required to watch, which are part of the movement to reform police departments following George Floyd’s death.
The officer says when approaching possible criminals to “make sure you’re in a comfortable body state” and maybe strike a relaxed “beach pose” to be as non-threatening as possible.
The cop then acts out a hypothetical arrest of a criminal who has shot two people. “Hello, sir, you are under arrest,” the cop says. “You know what, maybe we’re just detaining you, we’re not sure.”
“What we’re going to need you to do is to lay down on the ground,” he tells the imaginary perp. “Me and my counterpart here … are going to approach you, touch your shoulder, and hopefully, slide your arm to the back.”
The officer then attempts to handcuff the fictional shooting suspect, but the offender objects to having his arms put behind his back to be handcuffed because it is “uncomfortable.” The cop is accommodating and agrees to use multiple handcuffs so as not to force the suspect into an uncomfortable position.
The NYPD cop then pretends to call the police dispatcher to request backup because the theoretical shooting suspect complained that the ground is too hard, and the officer requests a comfy mat to be brought to the crime scene to make it cozy for the arrestee.
“Oh, the ground’s too hard? Don’t worry, we’ve got the mats coming for you,” the cops tells the make-believe suspect.
“You may not be under arrest, I’m not sure,” he jokes in the spoof video. “I have a supervisor coming who is going to supervise me, and he’ll be supervised by a supervisor whose supervising the supervisor, and we’re just all going to sit here and watch you tell us what to do.”
The NYPD started to reform its police force last month by eliminating the controversial plainclothes units known as “anti-crime units,” impacting about 600 officers.
During the rise of anti-cop sentiment and as the “defund the police” movement gained popularity nationwide, there was a 49% increase in retirements from the New York Police Department between May 25 until June 23, compared to the same period in 2019.
In a video obtained by the Miami Herald, a black woman can be seen approaching a black police officer in one of the airport’s terminals.
It is unclear what occurs before the video picks up, but the woman can be heard taunting the black officer, “You acting like you white when you really black. … What you wanna do?”
The unnamed cop can be seen speaking to the woman when she steps closer to the officer and puts her face in his.
She’s there for just seconds when the officer hits her in the face and knocks her over.
A scuffle ensues following the strike, and amid the melee, a male can be heard saying, “She headbutted me!” as officers handcuff the unnamed woman.
A law enforcement source told the outlet that the woman had been “loudly” complaining about a flight inconvenience when a ticketing agent phoned authorities. When the officers showed up and attempted to diffuse the situation, the woman began shouting at the officer and taunting him over his race.
What’s happening now?
On Wednesday, Miami-Dade County Police Director Alfredo Ramirez called for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to investigate the possible use of force in the incident.
“I am shocked and angered by a body cam video that I just saw involving one of our officers,” Ramirez wrote on Twitter. “I’ve immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty.”
In a statement, Steadman Stahl — president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association — said that the officer struck the woman with an “open-hand slap,” used as a “diversionary strike.”
“Clearly she was the aggressor,” he said. “She was being asked to leave. She’s being belligerent and she pushes her face right into his face.”
Eight police officers in Shreveport, Louisiana, have been indicted in the beating of two men during a traffic stop that began as a seat belt violation, NBC News reported.
Officers Aaron Jaudon, D’Andre Jackson, Mark Ordoyne, William Isenhour, Christopher McConnell, Brandon Walker, Treveion Brooks, and David Francis, were charged with one count of malfeasance in officer due to the incident, which occurred Jan. 24.
One officer attempted to pull over Chico Bell, who was driving, and the passenger, Damon Robinson, for a seat belt violation as they were leaving a home.
Bell didn’t stop when the officer tried to pull him over, and the district attorney said he “threw several unknown objects from the window” of his truck during the pursuit.
The men eventually stopped, and the stop was recorded on a sheriff’s deputy’s dash camera. NBC News reported:
“Bell and Robinson raised their hands, and then stuck both hands up out of the windows of the truck, in an apparent attempt to surrender without resistance,” the release said.
But Shreveport officers pulled Bell from the truck through the driver’s window, according to the prosecutor, and “began striking, kicking, and tasing him.” Medical records show he suffered injuries, including a broken orbital plate, the release said.
Robinson was meanwhile “punched multiple times through the open truck window” by one Shreveport officer as his “hands were being held by other officers,” the district attorney said.
“SPD officers then took Robinson to the ground, where one officer apparently struck him in the face with a flashlight, despite Robinson’s hands being behind his back,” the release said. Robinson’s nose was broken “in several places” from the attack.
Two of the officers, McConnell and Ordoyne, are no longer with the department. McConnell was fired, and Ordoyne resigned. The other six are on leave.
An attorney representing some of the officers said they were just doing their jobs.
“We’re very disappointed in the indictment,” attorney Dhu Thompson said, according to NBC News. “These officers were doing their job that day. It appears from the early evidence, of course, we’re still gathering facts and investigating it, but these individuals chose to run from the police, endangering themselves, the officers and society.”
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins called for police reform.
“The nation is going through a reckoning because, in the past, officers were too infrequently held accountable for bad policing,” Perkins said, according to a statement. “While it isn’t pretty, this is the change citizens are demanding.”
An Atlanta detective investigating the events leading to the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks said Brooks would’ve faced 10 criminal charges if he had survived the altercation, according to the Daily Wire.
In a filing for the defense, homicide detective Al Hogan detailed all the crimes he believes Brooks committed before he was shot and killed by Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who was charged with murder.
Hogan described his responsibility in the case as the investigator analyzing “the narrow series of facts that led up to the officer involved shooting.”
“If my investigation reveals that the person against whom force was used violated any laws during the incident, it would be my responsibility to pursue these charges, as well as cooperate with GBI investigators and provide to them any evidence that I had gathered during my investigation,” Hogan wrote.
In the filing, Hogan did not discuss or render any judgment as to whether Rolfe was justified in his use of deadly force.
“After leaving the scene on the night of the incident, I was informed that Rayshard Brooks was alive but critical at Grady Hospital, and I returned to the Homicide office to review all the evidence that I had gathered to determine if Rayshard Brooks’s behavior warranted any criminal charges,” Hogan wrote. “My investigation showed that Rayshard Brooks’s behavior did in fact warrant several criminal charges, but before I was able to pursue the charges I was informed that Rayshard Brooks had died, negating the necessity for that portion of my investigation.”
Hogan said Brooks would have been charged with DUI, two counts of felony obstruction, two counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, two counts of battery against a police officer, theft by taking, removal of a weapon from a public official, and robbery.
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Police were called to an Atlanta Wendy’s because Brooks was intoxicated and had fallen asleep in his car in the drive-through. After a field sobriety test, officers attempted to arrest Brooks, who resisted and fought the officers. He stole one officer’s taser and fled. Rolfe shot Brooks when Brooks allegedly pointed the taser back at him.
New York City police Officer David Afanador has been arrested and charged with strangulation as a result of an incident involving a suspect named Ricky Bellevue that occurred Sunday.
The incident became the subject of national attention and protests because of the chokehold Afanador could be seen applying to Bellevue during video taken of the incident, and because of the nationwide controversy concerning the maneuver following the deaths of a number of suspects in police custody, including George Floyd and Eric Garner.
After video of the incident was released on social media Sunday, the NYPD promptly suspended Afanador without pay. The department banned the use of chokeholds in 1993. Also, the New York City Council passed an ordinance last week criminalizing the maneuver. The state of New York also made police officers criminally liable if a suspect suffers injury or death due to a chokehold last month.
The NYPD also released body camera video of the incident to the public.
Police officers reportedly came into a confrontation with Bellevue when they responded to a complaint that Bellevue and two of his companions were harassing passersby and throwing objects at them. The officers initially instructed Bellevue and his companion to leave the area, but they refused, insisting on their right to not be moved along unless the officers intended to charge them with a crime.
Eventually, Bellevue and his compatriots turned to leave, but turned back for one more confrontation. Bellevue can be seen reaching into a nearby trash can and asking the officers if they were scared. At that point, he was subdued by multiple officers, including Afanador. Bellevue appears to lose consciousness during the video.
Bellevue was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. However, the district attorney’s office indicated that it would not pursue these charges against Bellevue.
Bellevue’s public defender told NBC News that Bellevue was hospitalized as a result of the incident and called for Afanador to be fired and prosecuted.
This marks the second time Afanador has been criminally prosecuted for his conduct on the job. He was also criminally charged in 2014 for allegedly pistol-whipping a 16-year-old during a marijuana bust, breaking two of his teeth. A judge acquitted him of those charges after a bench trial in 2016, and Afanador was reinstated to the force.
A terrifying mob took to the streets of Milwaukee on Tuesday after police conducted a search for two missing teen girls.
Police are seeking several suspects in connection to an arson and a related shooting that took place the same evening.
What are the details?
Officers arrived at a Milwaukee-area home searching for two missing teens. The teens were reportedly last seen at the home, which people in the crowd said was a known sex-trafficking hotspot.
During the search, officers were bombarded by bricks and verbally abused as a mob set fire to the structure. At least three people were shot in a related melee.
According the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the gathering crowd included a “mix of neighbors observing the situation, people expressing frustration with police, and activists who’d marched in Milwaukee’s racial justice protests.”
The outlet reported that the missing persons investigation “morphed” over a period of hours as “tensions about police treatment ran high” and “rumors spread online.”
“By nightfall, three people — including two 14-year-olds — had been shot, a house was set on fire, and police had fired tear gas and pepper spray on some members of a scattered crowd of hundreds gathered outside a Milwaukee house where police earlier conducted an investigation into two missing teenage girls,” the Sentinel reported.
Later, a 24-year-old man was shot near the scene as someone fired shots at his vehicle, police said, the paper reported.
WISN-TV reported that people in the crowd began “throwing bricks and pieces of concrete at police.” Someone or multiple someones also began firing guns in the crowd, striking three people.
WISN reported that the teenage girls — ages 13 and 15 years — were located on Wednesday. WISN reported that there was no evidence the teens were ever at the house to begin with.
Police: No evidence missing teens were ever at house that was set on fire
Pat Bills, who said his grandmother lives in the home that was burned to the ground, said that protesters were dead wrong for their actions.
“She’s a loving lady,” he said. “She had three strokes. She’s fighting for the last little life she got left. I’m surprised this here didn’t set her off. After they get the right information, for them to come back and still burn down the house, terrorism stuff, that’s wrong. And then, y’all gonna use that to make a move and talk about some empowerment? Y’all are being empowering? You’re not empowering at all. Y’all are terrorists.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said he was disgusted by the crowd’s actions.
“We investigate the information that is given to us,” he said. “We can’t allow an unruly crowd to determine what that investigation is. What you had today is vigilantism. You had people take the law into their own hands and run off of information that has not been proven.”
You can read more about the unfolding events here.