Wednesday, 26 August 2020 20:26

WI Gov. Condemns Kenosha Violence After Two Nights of Rioting

Written by Benjamin Yount, The Center Square


After two nights of rioting, Wisconsin's governor is drawing a line between protesters and the people who are looting and burning buildings in Kenosha. 

Gov. Tony Evers on Aug. 25 said the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and the right to assemble. He said that is different than setting fires and stealing whatever you can. 


"There remains a line between peaceful assembly and what we saw [Aug. 24] night that put individuals, families and businesses in danger,” Evers said in a statement.


The governor's words come after two nights of violence in the streets in Kenosha following the shooting Aug. 23 of 29-year-old Jacob Blake by Kenosha police officers.


Blake, who had an active warrant at the time, was seen on video fighting off officers and moving to get into his car when the officer shot him.
Evers once again said protests in Kenosha and other cities are alright. 


"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," the governor's statement read. "But as I said [Aug. 24], and as I’ll reiterate [Aug. 25], 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.”


The governor's statement follows a number of Republicans who criticized the governor for his initial comments that seemed to blame police for Aug. 23's shooting. 


Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, on Aug. 25 said the governor is a day late to the calls for peace and calm. 

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