The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Wisconsin protests turn deadly

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/26/20, 04:59 am

Shots fired during the third night of violent protests in Kenosha, Wis., left two people dead and at least one injured, according to police. Protesters had gathered Tuesday outside the courthouse, where they threw fireworks and water bottles at police. Officers responded with tear gas and armored vehicles to control the crowd. The unrest began on Sunday after police officers shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake multiple times while his three young children were waiting in his SUV. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency and deployed more National Guard troops to the city’s streets.

Any updates on Blake’s condition? He is conscious but partially paralyzed as the bullets severed his spinal cord and damaged several organs, according to his lawyers. Attorney Ben Crump said it would take a miracle for him to ever walk again. His legal team will file a civil lawsuit against the police department over the incident. Blake's mother Julia Jackson said her son would be opposed to the extent of the protests’ violence and destruction: “As I pray for my son’s healing––physically, emotionally, and spiritually—I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our country."

Dig deeper: Read my previous report in The Sift on the unrest.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

Read more from this writer


You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 08/26/2020 09:41 am

    The media exploits the fact that a few black individuals are killed by police each year. The MSM will always report on blacks killed but never reports on whites killed in similar incidents. Typically, the person Involved threatens the police in some fashion by appearing to go for a gun or other weapon so the police have to make a split second decision which is never easy. Sometimes the police make an error in judgment but this is a rare event. A black person is more likely to be hit by lightning than to be killed by police when interfacing with them. 

    The BLM are exploiting these incidents to create unrest and bring about anarchy, social unrest and revolution. This is the way communists use to ascend to power, which has happened many times before in different countries.  These radicals have managed to take over the Democratic Party where the leftists in charge of these cities are refusing to fully deal with the looting, burning of buildings, attacks on police, and civil unrest. The cities are letting these violent people go free and are not charging them for their crimes. Calling these riots "protests" is fundamentally dishonest for much more is going on than just protesting.  

    The sad part for me is that the black youth have been led to believe that the police are the enemy which is fundamentally untrue. They then attack police and the police respond to protect their lives which oftentimes mean more shootings and death. If we care about justice, then we must speak the truth about the police so other Christian women don't have their children paralyzed or killed by the misguided actions of the youth. 

  • Janet B
    Posted: Wed, 08/26/2020 11:22 am

    I do object to the word "protesters" being used for those who are rioting.  A protest uses speech.  These people are using violence.

    Can't you call them what they are?

    Posted: Thu, 08/27/2020 07:51 am

    ... and his mother doesn't matter as she speaks against the violence of the rioters, No one listens to her; no one respects her prayerful plea. "... and his mama cries ..." (from Elvis Presley, The Ghetto)

    Update: Thanks to the mayor of Kenosha for his actions and especially for praising Julia Blake's prayerful call for peace.

  • Lizzy's picture
    Posted: Sat, 08/29/2020 07:31 pm

    This story needs to be updated.  It makes it sound like Blake was just an innocent person attacked by police for no reason without mention of the fact that there was a warrant out for his arrest, he was in possession of a knife and the police had been called because he was violating a restraining order against him.  He also refused to obey the police order to surrender.  Armchair quarterbacking the police from a cushy desk job is easy, but try putting yourself in their shoes having to make a split second decision when lives, including yours, are at stake.