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I have not heard back from the Kenosha sheriff, he's probably fearful to answer a direct question.
I couldn't get into WAPO, I'm not a subscriber.
I have many thoughts about what went awry here in this city.
The #1 thing that sticks in my mind is why did both police departments sit on their hands after one of their own pumped 7 shots into the back of a black man? If I were the chief or the sheriff himself, I would have mobilized the entire force to keep watch over the city and act if riots were about to start, and I would have had my detectives watching social media outlets for possible activity concerning group gathering posts/texts/messages. The cops really dropped the ball on protecting city and privately owned assets. Prepare for the influx of out of towners. It was days after the most damage occurred that the state patrol and other agencies began closing exits to this city, and trying to identify people coming in. Too late.
As a police department, you just don't shoot someone inexplicably and then sit idly by and wait for shit to happen, because it almost assuredly will. We have seen many other citizens in other cities react in the same way. Riots will happen. People will go to other cities where there's trouble. Some go to peacefully protest, some go to cause harm. or retribution.
A recent article stated that not all the rioters who caused the damage to city property and private businesses were from local residents, it claimed that residents of this city were not that bad enough to want to cause catastrophic damage. I call bull on that remark made by local media. As an example, the DOC building was bombed, this could not have happened by an out of towner. Most people (locals) who have been to the DOC building know where it is located. Namely, people who have been in trouble with the law on previous occasions. I don't believe it was an out of towner who fire bombed the DOC building, I think it was a local who probably thought the corrections department/justice system treated him/her unfairly in the past as a reason to burn the place to the ground, that, and the shooting of Jacob Blake.
The damage here is still apparent, many things have not been cleaned up yet.
Some businesses have taken the boards off of their store fronts too early IMHO. The DOJ still is deliberating the fate of 3 cops. Should no charges be filed against any, I would expect people to take to the streets again, seeking retribution. I don't believe this is over yet.
I got a call from the professional police association, asking me to back the badge. My answer was no, not until cops stop violating people's civil rights.