Kenosha rioters threatens to ‘burn your store down' as CHURCH and businesses are torched over Jacob Blake shooting

THIS is the shocking moment looters threatened to "burn down" a man's store as businesses and a church were torched in Wisconsin.

Protests erupted after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, who was gunned down in front of his three sons in Kemosha on Sunday.


Gov Tony Evers had to bring in the National Guard after Blake was left paralyzed in hospital, prompting desperate residents to arm themselves as the riots raged.

In one Twitter video, a resident patrolling the streets in his pick up truck pleaded with the rioters to take their issues with cops elsewhere.

“Just because you people are too scared to go deal with the cops … take your issues up with them," he begged the crowd.

But one protester shouted out the name ofhis business, which was written on the side of his truck.

“We'll burn your store down too!” she jeered as he drove away.

Cops deployed non-lethal munitions to move the crowds on Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday morning, reports said.

Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist – which has a Black Lives Matter sign outside – narrowly avoided being destroyed completely in the inferno on Monday.

A video shared on their Facebook page showed the building engulfed in flames as Rev. Erik David Carlson credited "heroic journalists and rain barrels" for preventing it from being destroyed yesterday.


"Despite the fact that we cannot condone violent response to injustice, we understand and appreciate the anger and frustration that fueled the events of last night," the church said in an August 24 statement.

"While we are relieved that our church home mostly survived the inferno in the lot next door, we affirm that we would rather lose 100 buildings than one more life to police violence."

Blake's family were also on the streets pleading with protesters to be peaceful, according to a TMJ4 reporter on the scene.

His relative Monique Sheree Allen claimed it wasn't black people "burning sh** down."


"But we the problem and such a big threat right?" she raged on Facebook. "And it's f***ed up because it's still gon [sic] get blamed on us. Privileged is what it is."

Rioters waved their guns and took to the streets to decry Blake's shooting – but citizens also armed themselves to protect the city and its businesses, according to footage shared on social media.

The citywide curfew was flouted again last night as police tried to disperse people using tear gas and businesses were torched.

While businesses and buildings became targets for enraged demonstrators, a church was also burned in the carnage.

As well as the church, The New York Times reported that a mattress store, a storefront church, a Mexican restaurant, a cellphone store, a probation and parole office were all torched.


Pictures show giant orange flames leaping from buildings and cars as protesters ravaged Wisconsin 

Officers fired tear gas around 8.30 pm last night as protesters broke curfew, chanting "no justice, no peace".

Swathes of furious activists confronted a line of officers who wore protective gear and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the city's courthouse entrance.

Protesters are said to have lit a number of fires, including torching a garbage truck close to the courthouse.

Already high tensions were exacerbated yesterday after a news conference with Kenosha Mayor John Antarmian, originally to be held in a park, was moved inside the city's public safety building.


Hundreds of protesters rushed to the building and a door was snapped off its hinges before police in riot gear pepper-sprayed the crowd.

Earlier this week, a cop was hit in the temple after protesters hurled bricks at his colleagues.

The frightening scenes erupted soon after shocking footage of Blake being shot circulated online when cops responded to a "domestic incident."

In the video, the dad can be seen walking towards a car followed by two officers.

One of them shoots him in front of his three kids as he opens the car door and at least seven shots can be heard.

A Change.org petition has been set up calling for the cops involved to be charged and Blake's GoFundMe page has raised $827,439 of its $1,000,000 goal.

DCI, Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff's Office are heading up an investigation into Blake's shooting.

It comes three months after George Floyd's police custody death in Minneapolis triggered outrage and Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the United States.






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