Chaos Erupts in Wisconsin
After a black man was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday, armed rioters clashed with police in the streets.
A group of rioters that included armed members blocked an armored police car. Police then started throwing tear gas canisters from the top of the vehicle to push back the crowd.
Then one of the armed protesters allegedly open fired.
The video later also showed what appeared to be the person who fired the gun holding it in the air.
A car dealership was also set ablaze by arsonists, as shown in a few videos that circulated Sunday night and Monday on social media.
The riots in Kenosha were triggered earlier Sunday when police officers shot a black man seven times in the back as he moved away from them and tried to get in his car. The officers were responding to a domestic incident.
The video of the altercation is what sparked the outrage on Sunday.
The Associated Press reported “In the video posted on social media that appeared to show the shooting from across a street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at the man, who appeared to be Black, as he walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street.”
“As the man opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle,” AP reported. “Seven shots could be heard on the video, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.”
“It is not clear from the video whether the man was reaching inside the vehicle for a weapon, and no official word has yet come down from the Kenosha Police Department to say if a weapon was found,” AP noted.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statement on the shooting.
“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” Evers said. “We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country…