On Sunday, August 23rd, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot 4 times in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, WI. Blake survived, but is paralyzed from the waist down.

That evening, protests and riots erupted in Kenosha, a city of 100,000. During that night, and subsequently, more than 100 businesses were damaged during the unrest, and at least 40 businesses were completely destroyed, including a car dealership and the 100-year-old Danish Brotherhood Lodge.

Just before midnight, on Tuesday, August 25th, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, a white teenager, fatally shot two men, and wounded a third in Kenosha in the midst of continued protests.

All of his victims were white. In an interview filmed before the shooting, Rittenhouse said he had come to Kenosha that night to “help people.”

“People are getting injured, and our job is to protect this business, and part of my job is to also help people,” he said, “If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way.”

Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. He has been described as a “fervent” supporter of law enforcement.

Jacob Blake is being idolized by the left. Joe Biden personally called him and his family and quoted Bible scripture to him. Kamala Harris told Blake she was “proud” of him.

The NBA and MLB cancelled games because of Blake’s shooting. But they are conveniently ignoring some facts of the day.

On the day Blake was shot, police were responding to a 911 call from his ex-girlfriend who said Blake had violated a restraining order for sexual assault by entering her home. In the criminal complaint, she is only identified by her initials, “LNB.”

LNB stated she and the defendant have three children together but have never resided together in the eight years they have been on and off. LNB stated the defendant is unemployed, has no vehicle, and would not tell LNB where he was currently living. LNB stated over the past eight years the defendant has physically assaulted her around twice a year when he drinks heavily.

She told police she was asleep when Blake broke in at 6 a.m. and said, “I want my sh-t.”

She reportedly told police that Blake used his finger to sexually assault her. Then he sniffed his finger and said, “Smells like you’ve been with other men,” the criminal complaint alleges.

The victim then allegedly ran out the front door after Blake. She said she realized her keys were missing and “immediately called 911.”

According to dispatch records and the Kenosha Professional Police Association. Blake put one of the arresting officers in a headlock and shrugged off two attempts to taser him, it said. He was allegedly carrying a knife.

“Blake forcefully fought with the officers, including putting one of the officers in a headlock,” according to Brendan Matthews, attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association.

A bystander who recorded the shooting, 22-year-old Raysean White, said he saw Blake scuffling with three officers and heard them yell, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” before gunfire erupted.

As Blake opened the driver’s door of the SUV, Sheskey pulled on Blake’s shirt and then opened fire.
It is difficult to see this tragedy as another illustration of systemic racism in law enforcement. Police were responding to a 911 call from an anguished woman about a violent man with an open warrant.

But perhaps additional facts will be made public.

Additional facts are certainly needed in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse as well. His lawyer maintains Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

Cellphone video shows Rittenhouse running away from the first victim, 36-year-Joseph Rosenbaum, who throws something at Rittenhouse. At the sound of a gunshot behind him, Rittenhouse turns toward Rosenbaum, who then started trying to take Rittenhouse’s gun, according to a criminal complaint. Rittenhouse fired, hitting the victim in the head. Rosenbaum was a registered sex offender for a sex crime involving a minor.

Another video then shows Rittenhouse running away, pursued by a group of angry protestors. Rittenhouse trips and falls to the ground. A protestor jumps at, and over him.

Another man, Anthony Huber attempts to whack Rittenhouse with his skateboard. Rittenhouse fires one round, fatally wounding Huber. Huber had a criminal history that includes charges of battery & repeat domestic abuse.

A third man, 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, approaches Rittenhouse. He is carrying a handgun. Rittenhouse fires, wounding Grosskreutz in the arm.

Grosskreutz is a member of the People’s Revolution Movement, a social justice group based in Milwaukee, and from June-July 2020, he volunteered as a medic for the Black Lives Matter protests around Milwaukee. He has also had previous brushes with the law. In 2016, he was convicted of a criminal misdemeanor for being armed while intoxicated. He is also a felon who was in possession of a firearm & still hasn’t been charged. He’s now taking part in “public speaking” events at protests.

Grosskreutz has not been arrested, but he is lawyered up. He’s now being representing by Kimberley Motley, an activist attorney who is also representing the families of three victims shot in the last five years by a Wisconsin police officer.

It may well be the officer involved in Jacob Blake’s shooting will be charged with excessive force, but given the details we know, it doesn’t seem like a slam-dunk case.

It may well be that Kyle Rittenhouse is convicted of all or some of the charges against him. But check out this video from gun rights activist Colion Noir. Doesn’t seem like that’s a slam-dunk case either.

Both of these stories are tragic, on so many levels. A series of horrific bad decisions, and split-second actions.

Except for the media treatment of these stories. Cold, calculating, hypocritical and dishonest. Just disgusting.

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