Now come the mostly peaceful riots.
I wish I were kidding. The Wisconsin National Guard was activated on Monday ahead of the charging decision announced today. 500 soldiers were sent to Kenosha, businesses have been boarded up and fencing has been erected around a local courthouse. When Blake was shot seven times and left paralyzed after the August 23 incident in which he disobeying officers’ lawful commands, struggled with police while resisting arrest, and attempted to enter the driver’s side door of his car, all after violating a court order and returning to harass a women he had been accused of raping, Kenosha was subjected to extensive Black Lives Matter-led riots. There was citywide unrest, looting and violence toward law enforcement; approximately a hundred cars burned, businesses were ransacked and there were violent attacks on police, with one uniformed officer knocked unconscious after he was struck by a brick.
Though Blake had an extensive criminal record and was threatening a woman at the time of his arrest, the shooting prompted the NBA, WNBA and Major League Baseball players to boycott their own games. These players knew nothing about Blake other than the fact that he was black and was shot by police officers.
It may not have been the least justified of the summer’s BLM, presumed racism outbursts—I’d rate that competition a three-way tie between Blake’s shooting, the Wendy’s shooting in Atlanta and the Breonna Taylor fiasco—-but it was as contrived a reason for racial outrage as one could devise. If charges were brought against the officers involved in Blake’s arrest, then no police officer could confidently do his or her job when confronted by a violent black suspect without that officer fearing a career-ending consequence prompted by official fears of mob violence.
Never mind: the current norm encouraged by Black Lives Matter is that racism and police brutality are presumed if a black man is shot or killed after he resists arrest, and the other facts of the case literally do not matter. “We want justice and healing for Jacob Blake, the Blake family, and our Kenosha community,” Tanya McLean, leader of the criminal justice initiative Leaders of Kenosha said yesterday, lighting the metaphorical fuse. “Officer Sheskey fired seven shots into an unarmed man’s back, on a block where our children walk to school and our families go to church.”
Thus encouraging violent rioting…where children walk to school and families go to church.