Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency after protests over shooting a black man in the city of Kenosha. Evers said the Kenosha National Guard staff will be increased from 125 to 250. He also called on the demonstrators to be peaceful. There is a line between peaceful protest and rioting that endangers families and businesses.
"We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue," said Evers. "We cannot continue down this path of damage and destruction either."
Hundreds of people demonstrated on Monday despite the evening curfew. They gathered in downtown Kenosha. There were several clashes with officials. According to the fire department, there were 34 fires during the protests. 30 shops and several properties were destroyed or damaged, said fire chief Charles Leipzig of the newspaper Kenosha News .
The protests were against a recent case of police violence in Wisconsin. A video shows how the 29-year-old family man Jacob Blake was seriously injured by police gunshots in his back in Kenosha. Blake can be seen walking to his car, followed by two police officers with guns drawn. One of the weapons is pointed at his back. When Blake opens the driver's door and leans into the car, shots are fired. According to the family lawyer, Ben Crump, the car had Blake's children, ages three, five, and eight.
According to Crump and Blake's father, he is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the gunshots. Bullets would have hit the spine. "It will take a miracle for him to walk again," said Crumb. "He shot my son seven times. Seven times," said the victim's father.