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Kenosha protesters defy curfew and take to the streets on the fourth night of unrest

Protesters gathered near the county courthouse in Kenosha for the fourth consecutive night of demonstrations, defying a 7pm curfew, to denounce the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake.

Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will deploy federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha ‘to restore law and order’, slamming the looting, arson, and violence unfolding in the embattled city.

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed after a rifle-wielding 17-year-old opened fire, and clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds.

Demonstrators continued to pour into Kenosha’s streets on Wednesday evening, setting fire to cars in a lot where Tuesday night’s fatal shooting took place. 

Blake was shot in the back seven times by white officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, in front of his three young children on Sunday. He’s now in the hospital and is partially paralyzed. 

Protesters gathered near the courthouse in Kenosha for the fourth night in a row, defying a 7pm curfew to denounce the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Peaceful marchers pictured on Wednesday evening walking in Kenosha

Protesters gathered near the courthouse in Kenosha for the fourth night in a row, defying a 7pm curfew to denounce the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Peaceful marchers pictured on Wednesday evening walking in Kenosha

Protesters gathered near the courthouse in Kenosha for the fourth night in a row, defying a 7pm curfew to denounce the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Peaceful marchers pictured on Wednesday evening walking in Kenosha

A protester holds up her hands during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Wednesday evening, marking a fourth evening of walk outs demanding justice

A protester holds up her hands during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Wednesday evening, marking a fourth evening of walk outs demanding justice

A protester holds up her hands during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Wednesday evening, marking a fourth evening of walk outs demanding justice

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed by a 17-year-old police-admirer armed with rifle, and protester clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed by a 17-year-old police-admirer armed with rifle, and protester clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed by a 17-year-old police-admirer armed with rifle, and protester clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds

A vehicle burns after a car was set on fire in the lot where a man was shot in the head. Two people were shot and killed, and a third person wounded late Tuesday

A vehicle burns after a car was set on fire in the lot where a man was shot in the head. Two people were shot and killed, and a third person wounded late Tuesday

A vehicle burns after a car was set on fire in the lot where a man was shot in the head. Two people were shot and killed, and a third person wounded late Tuesday

Protesters set cars on fire in the lot where Tuesday night's shooting took place that left two Black Lives Matter protesters dead

Protesters set cars on fire in the lot where Tuesday night's shooting took place that left two Black Lives Matter protesters dead

Protesters set cars on fire in the lot where Tuesday night’s shooting took place that left two Black Lives Matter protesters dead

On Wednesday demonstrators left flowers and other items at the site of where Tuesday's shooting left two Black Lives Matter protesters dead

On Wednesday demonstrators left flowers and other items at the site of where Tuesday's shooting left two Black Lives Matter protesters dead

On Wednesday demonstrators left flowers and other items at the site of where Tuesday’s shooting left two Black Lives Matter protesters dead 

On Wednesday evening between 75 to 100 protesters gathered at the Civic Center Park near the Kenosha County Courthouse before moving north to around 52nd Street and 18th Avenue. 

No National Guardsmen were present at the protest on the city’s east side as of 10pm, according to Kenosha News

There were no initial signs of armed militia groups or counter protesters in the city at the start of the evening. 

On Tuesday, groups on social media said they were going to protect businesses from looters and vandals. 

Following the killings that unfolded before midnight Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops.

The governor’s office said he is working with other states to bring in additional National Guard members and law officers.

The White House also said Wednesday it would send up to 2,000 National Guard troops in addition to the agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Donald Trump denounced the violent protests unfolding in Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Blake on Wednesday

Donald Trump denounced the violent protests unfolding in Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Blake on Wednesday

Donald Trump denounced the violent protests unfolding in Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Blake on Wednesday

The White House also said Wednesday it would sent up to 2,000 National Guard troops in addition to the agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The White House also said Wednesday it would sent up to 2,000 National Guard troops in addition to the agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The White House also said Wednesday it would sent up to 2,000 National Guard troops in addition to the agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 

A man raises his fist as demonstrators take part in a protest Wednesday evening. No National Guards officers were seen at the march Wednesday night

A man raises his fist as demonstrators take part in a protest Wednesday evening. No National Guards officers were seen at the march Wednesday night

A man raises his fist as demonstrators take part in a protest Wednesday evening. No National Guards officers were seen at the march Wednesday night

Protesters came out to the streets in full force despite an outbreak of violence late Tuesday where an armed counter protester fatally shot two Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Protesters pictured Wednesday night

Protesters came out to the streets in full force despite an outbreak of violence late Tuesday where an armed counter protester fatally shot two Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Protesters pictured Wednesday night

Protesters came out to the streets in full force despite an outbreak of violence late Tuesday where an armed counter protester fatally shot two Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Protesters pictured Wednesday night 

A person in a car raises her fist in solidarity with a march on Wednesday evening protesting the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake

A person in a car raises her fist in solidarity with a march on Wednesday evening protesting the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake

A person in a car raises her fist in solidarity with a march on Wednesday evening protesting the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake

Protesters carry a Black Lives Matter poster during a proest decrying the shooting of Jacob Blake on Wednesday evening

Protesters carry a Black Lives Matter poster during a proest decrying the shooting of Jacob Blake on Wednesday evening

Protesters carry a Black Lives Matter poster during a proest decrying the shooting of Jacob Blake on Wednesday evening

The governor’s office said he is working with other states to bring in additional National Guard members and law officers to maintain order at protests

The governor’s office said he is working with other states to bring in additional National Guard members and law officers to maintain order at protests

The governor’s office said he is working with other states to bring in additional National Guard members and law officers to maintain order at protests

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed by a 17-year-old police-admirer armed with rifle, and protester clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed by a 17-year-old police-admirer armed with rifle, and protester clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds

The past three nights of heated unrest saw buildings set on fire, two people killed by a 17-year-old police-admirer armed with rifle, and protester clashes with authorities who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds

‘A senseless tragedy like this cannot happen again,’ Democratic Gov. Evers said in a statement Wednesday.

‘I again ask those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights please do so peacefully and safely, as so many did last night. I also ask the individuals who are not there to exercise those rights to please stay home and let local first responders, law enforcement and members of the Wisconsin National Guard do their jobs,’ he added.

He declared a statement of emergency after the first two evenings of protests and has continued to bolster the number of National Guard deployed.  

A demonstrator participates in a march demanding justice for Jacob Blake on Wednesday after curfew

A demonstrator participates in a march demanding justice for Jacob Blake on Wednesday after curfew

A demonstrator participates in a march demanding justice for Jacob Blake on Wednesday after curfew

Following the killings that unfolded before midnight Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops in the city

Following the killings that unfolded before midnight Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops in the city

Following the killings that unfolded before midnight Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops in the city

Protesters raised their fists and wore black in the march demanding justice for Blake Wednesday evening

Protesters raised their fists and wore black in the march demanding justice for Blake Wednesday evening

Protesters raised their fists and wore black in the march demanding justice for Blake Wednesday evening

Women rest at a barricade in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse  on Wednesday

Women rest at a barricade in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse  on Wednesday

Women rest at a barricade in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse  on Wednesday

Hordes of people broke curfew to decry police brutality and systemic racism

Hordes of people broke curfew to decry police brutality and systemic racism

Hordes of people broke curfew to decry police brutality and systemic racism 

A protester holds a sign stating 'All Cops Are Bastards' and 'Abolish the Police' during Wednesday's protest

A protester holds a sign stating 'All Cops Are Bastards' and 'Abolish the Police' during Wednesday's protest

A protester holds a sign stating ‘All Cops Are Bastards’ and ‘Abolish the Police’ during Wednesday’s protest

Two people were killed in the civil unrest when gunfire rang out, terrorizing crowds, in Kenosha late Tuesday.

Two men, a 26-year-old and a 36-year-old from Kenosha County were killed, the authorities said, and a third person was injured. 

On Wednesday afternoon 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested and charged for the shooting in Kenosha that killed the two protesters and injured another person in a possible vigilante attack.

The police admirer was arrested in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles from Kenosha, and was charged with first degree intentional homicide.

His social media shows his affinity for guns, police, and President Trump. 

Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide over the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night. He will be extradited for a hearing on Friday in Wisconsin - where anyone 17 and over is treated as an adult

Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide over the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night. He will be extradited for a hearing on Friday in Wisconsin - where anyone 17 and over is treated as an adult

Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide over the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night. He will be extradited for a hearing on Friday in Wisconsin – where anyone 17 and over is treated as an adult 

The teenager's arrest came hours after video footage emerged showing Rittenhouse walking up to police with his hands in the air and his semi-automatic rifle slung across his body just moments after the shooting. He was apparently allowed to walk by despite members of the crowd yelling for him to be arrested

The teenager's arrest came hours after video footage emerged showing Rittenhouse walking up to police with his hands in the air and his semi-automatic rifle slung across his body just moments after the shooting. He was apparently allowed to walk by despite members of the crowd yelling for him to be arrested

The teenager’s arrest came hours after video footage emerged showing Rittenhouse walking up to police with his hands in the air and his semi-automatic rifle slung across his body just moments after the shooting. He was apparently allowed to walk by despite members of the crowd yelling for him to be arrested

Cellphone videos from the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night show a white man brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in a confrontation with demonstrators following a shooting just moments earlier where a man was shot in the head. Protesters chased the gunman down the street before one kicked him to the ground

Cellphone videos from the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night show a white man brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in a confrontation with demonstrators following a shooting just moments earlier where a man was shot in the head. Protesters chased the gunman down the street before one kicked him to the ground

Cellphone videos from the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night show a white man brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in a confrontation with demonstrators following a shooting just moments earlier where a man was shot in the head. Protesters chased the gunman down the street before one kicked him to the ground  

He was arrested after video footage emerged him walking up to police with his hands in the air and his semi-automatic rifle slung across his body before the shooting.

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Attorney General announced the first details of the shooting revealing that Blake admitted to officers he had a knife, which was later recovered from the driver’s side floorboard. 

It’s not clear if Blake had the knife on him during his dispute with police. 

Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven year veteran with the department, was identified as the cop who fired all seven shots into Blake’s back. 

NBA players have joined in the protests denouncing the police shooting of Blake.

The NBA has postponed the remainder of Wednesday’s playoff games after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their matchup with the Orlando Magic in Florida.

The Bucks and Magic were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 pm when the Milwaukee Bucks stood and read a statement saying they were ‘calling for justice for Jacob Blake, and demand the officers be held responsible.’

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six, was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in front of of three of his young kids on Sunday

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six, was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in front of of three of his young kids on Sunday

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six, was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in front of of three of his young kids on Sunday

Wednesday’s NBA protests spilled over into Major League Baseball, where another Wisconsin team, the Milwaukee Brewers, agreed with Cincinnati Reds players to boycott their evening game, according to multiple reports.

The WNBA also suspended play on Wednesday in response to the shooting.

The Justice Department said on Wednesday that it would open a federal civil rights investigation into Officer Sheskey’s shooting of Blake.

The FBI will conduct the federal inquiry in cooperation with Wisconsin authorities, the department said in a statement.

Source: Daily Mail

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