Wisconsin is still healing after the shooting of 29-year old Jacob Blake in Kenosha on August 23rd. The story amassed global outrage overnight after video footage began circulating, of Blake being shot seven times in his back by Wisconsin police. Shortly after, Blake was rushed to the hospital where he spent hours in surgery. Luckily Blake lived - but he is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting. All over the world, people began using the hashtag #JusticeForJacobBlake. In a situation eerily similar to that of George Floyd in Minneapolis just a few months prior, that made national headlines. Protestors Immediately took to the streets, voicing their frustrations with the summer long chain of police violence against Black people. Black people are tired, and Black people are numb. Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and countless other victims have become the poster images of the biggest problem plaguing America today - Police brutality.
The civil unrest that was seen during the initial George Floyd protests, are almost identical to what Wisconsin is experiencing right now. As a result president Donald Trump is stepping in sooner than we thought. Trump took to Twitter as he always does, to announce that he’s going to be sending federal assistance to address the protestors and restore law and order.
"We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets," Trump tweeted.
His following tweet: “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
There’s no secret that these protests have already gotten off to a dangerous start. On Tuesday, two people were killed and one individual was injured during a shooting that erupted at the protest. The following day, 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with murder for the two deaths. The response to this shooting has been so bad, that Jacob Blake’s mother has since come out condemning the looters.
Julia Jackson (the mother of Jacob Blake) told CNN: “My family and I are very hurt. And quite frankly disgusted,” Jackson said, while flanked by her husband, Jacob Blake Sr. “And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name.”
Hopefully peace can be quickly restored in Wisconsin, and protests can remain as peaceful as possible out of respect for the family of Jacob Blake.