A teenager suspected of killing two people demonstrating in the streets of Kenosha on Tuesday to demand justice for Jacob Blake, a black man seriously injured by a white police officer, was arrested on Wednesday.
According to an Illinois court register, the 17-year-old was arrested Wednesday in Antioch, a town in that state about a 30-minute drive from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The document states that he is charged with premeditated murder in Kenosha County. A hearing for his extradition to Wisconsin is scheduled for Friday.
Two people were shot dead and a third was injured on Tuesday after multiple gunfire rang out around 11:45 p.m. in an area where protesters were gathered. None of the victims have been identified.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that one victim was shot in the head, and another in the chest. He clarified that there was no fear for the life of the injured person.
On Wednesday morning, Kenosha law enforcement officials said they were looking for a man with a long gun, who appears in multiple videos posted on social media.
The videos show him in particular as he is pursued by several people on a city street, some shouting that he had just shot someone.
The pursued individual falls before opening fire on people who seem to have sought to disarm him. A man collapses next to him, and another, visibly hit in the arm, runs away from the scene.
The armed man gets up and continues on his way, heading towards a large contingent of police officers located a few tens of meters away.
However, police vehicles, including armored vehicles, pass near him without paying him the slightest attention.
A witness told the Chicago Tribune that he was in a group chanting “black lives matter» (Black Lives Matter) when shots rang out.
The young man says he threw himself to the ground during these shots, before going to help a person lying in the street near him.
«I cradled him in my arms. I was trying to keep this child alive. He was not moving», He related. “I didn’t know what to do, and this woman arrived to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for him. He had no pulse. I don’t think he got away with it.»
According to Sheriff Beth, armed people patrolled the streets of Kenosha or stood in front of town hall businesses, possibly to protect them from apprehended acts of vandalism or looting.
«They are like a vigilante group (vigilante group)», He said, without being able to say if the wanted man is related to such a group.
According to New York Times, the killing occurred shortly after altercations between demonstrators and armed men who claimed to defend a gas station located in the area.
Earlier in the evening, clashes took place between police and protesters near a metal fence deployed to protect the city’s courthouse.
The protesters, who defied a curfew requiring them to stay at home after 8 p.m., threw various objects at the police, who responded with tear gas, dispersing the protesters in the streets.
During the previous demonstration, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, around thirty buildings housing businesses had been set on fire by demonstrators.
The governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, then decided to declare a state of emergency and to increase from 125 to 250 the number of members of the National Guard called to support the police officers of Kenosha.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the dispatch of police and National Guard reinforcements to Kenosha to counter the “looting».
«We will not tolerate looting, arson, violence and lawlessness on American streets“, He wrote on Twitter.
The extended curfew
The Kenosha County Sheriff announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the nighttime curfew will be maintained until at least Sunday.
Asked about the footage in the video where the shooter can be seen walking past police without being arrested, Sheriff David Beth defended his troops, explaining that the scene, which he described as “chaotic“, could be “very stressfulFor the police and thus mislead them.
«There was screaming, chanting, with people running around, he mentioned. The police in their car also had the sound of the radio open; so many conditions that may have distracted them from what was happening elsewhere.»
The sheriff also said that someone called the police station to ask if he could mandate armed citizens to patrol the city during the protests.
«Of course not!Sheriff Beth said.
Police silent on what happened to Jacob Blake
Violence erupted in Kenosha after a video was released showing a black man, Jacob Blake, seriously injured on Sunday by a white policeman from Kenosha.
The footage shows the 29-year-old father, followed by two policemen with their guns drawn, as he walks around a car.
An officer grabs Mr. Blake after he opens the driver’s side door, then shoots him as he leans into his car. The recording suggests seven shots.
According to witnesses, three of Mr. Blake’s six young children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
Kenosha Police have yet to give their side of the story in this story, which comes three months after another black man, George Floyd, died during a police response.
In a statement, the Wisconsin Justice Department confirmed on Wednesday that the police officers involved, the exact number of which was not specified, had been placed on administrative leave. No charges have been laid against a police officer in this case so far.
The officer who shot Jacob Blake has been identified: Rusten Sheskey had worked with the Kenosha Police Force for seven years.
The department explained that a woman had requested the police to intervene because her husband was at the scene and he should not have been there.
According to the statement, the police attempted to neutralize Jacob Blake, including using a Taser type pistol, but this did not work. As Blake “leaned over” after opening the driver’s side door of his car, Sheskey grabbed him by the sweater and pulled his back seven times. The other police officers did not use their weapon, specifies the department.
Jacob Blake had a knife on the carpet in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which he himself confirmed to police afterwards. It is not clear whether officers knew he had a weapon at the time of the intervention. State Attorney General Josh Kaul gave no further explanation at a press briefing.
Jacob Blake seriously injured
Blake family lawyer Patrick Salvi told CNN on Wednesday morning that Jacob Blake underwent lengthy surgery on Tuesday to stabilize his spine.
According to him, it will take some time before the severity of his injuries is definitively determined.
«If it was not a police officer, that person [qui a tiré] would be charged with attempted murder“, He declared, after having denounced the silence of the police force in this affair.
Another lawyer for the family, Ben Crump, said on Tuesday he “It would take a miracle” for Jacob Blake to walk again.
The parents of the young man had asked the demonstrators to protest peacefully. His mother claimed that her son would have been against such violence.