Police escorted a line of humvees and other military vehicles into Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, video shows, following a request for an increase in National Guard troops from Gov Tony Evers.
“The ability to exercise First Amendment rights is a critically important part of our democracy and the pursuit of justice. But there remains a line between peaceful assembly and what we saw last night that put individuals, families, and businesses in danger,” Evers said in a Twitter statement on Tuesday. “We are assessing the damage to state property and will be increasing the presence of the Wisconsin National Guard to ensure individuals can exercise their right safely, protect state buildings and critical infrastructure, and support first responders and fire fighters.”
Protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake devolved into violence and property destruction on each of the three consecutive nights of unrest in Kenosha, including incidences of looting and fires.
At least two people were killed and one more injured after a civilian gunman opened fire on Tuesday, the third night of protests. Credit: Alexa G via Storyful