MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state is making more money available to help small businesses in Kenosha recover from damage during recent unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, officials announced Wednesday.
Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said another $3 million would be added to the previously-announced $1 million in no-interest loans for small businesses.
Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig recently told the Police and Fire Commission that damage from the violence that followed Blake’s shooting Aug. 23 has topped $11 million.
The 29-year-old Black man was left partially paralyzed after a white officer shot him seven times in the back as police tried to arrest him.
The shooting, which was recorded on video and seen widely on social media, sparked protests and violence in Kenosha, where roughly two dozen fires were set and numerous businesses were destroyed.
Prosecutors say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch,
In closely divided Kenosha, Trump’s law and order message hits close to home after Jacob Blake shooting
KENOSHA, Wis. — As a longtime activist calling for racial and social equality in his hometown, Isaac Wallner has been moved in recent days by the large street protests demanding justice in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
But as those peaceful daytime demonstrations gave way to violent confrontations with police, destruction of businesses and burning of buildings at night, Wallner said he’s become increasingly worried that the urgent push for change will be drowned out by President Donald Trump’s calls for law and order, a central theme of the Republican’s reelection campaign.
“This is an election year, and I feel Trump and the Republican Party will benefit from the unrest, and we need to