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1724, 24 Aug 20

Governor Evers Politicizes Killing of Black Man in Kenosha

Shame on him. The governor is fanning the flames of violence for political gain.

A Wisconsin county has again declared an emergency curfew following a night of protests over a video that appeared to show police officers firing several shots at close range into a Black man’s back Sunday night.

The curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. Monday night until 7 a.m.Tuesday, according to the Kenosha Police Department. The Wisconsin National Guard was headed to Kenosha on Monday, according to the Kenosha News.

The state Department of Justice is investigating after officers from the department responding to a domestic incident shortly after 5 p.m. “were involved in an officer involved shooting,” according to a news release.

The man who was shot, identified by Gov. Tony Evers as Jacob Blake, was airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital in serious condition as of early Monday, police said. Tyrone Muhammad, a member of the group Ex-Cons for Community and social change, said Blake’s father told him Blake was out of surgery and was expected to survive.

On Twitter, Evers said he and his wife are hoping for Blake’s recovery.

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” Evers wrote on Twitter.


Evers is calling lawmakers into session to take action on a package of bills aimed at reducing the prevalence of police brutality a day after Blake was shot. The move would ban police chokeholds and no-knock search warrants and make it harder for overly aggressive officers to move from one job to another.

Like most people, I look at the video and have some serious questions. I don’t know why non-lethal force was not used first. I question why they shot him when he was moving away. I wonder what happened before the video started. But I also understand that the police were responding to a domestic call, thought he had a gun, and perhaps thought that the kids were in danger.

We. Don’t. Know. What we do know is that a thorough investigation should be done to find out the facts. And if the police are found to have acted illegally, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But if they are found to have acted appropriately, then we should laud their actions while lamenting the sad results.

But before we even know the facts, the governor is out with a statement intimating that it was an unjustified shooting by racist police. His statement gave tacit permission for rioters to burn down Kenosha. And he has called a special session to pass a bunch of bills that have nothing whatsoever to do with this shooting. But since the bills are about police brutality, the governor is sending the message that he thinks this shooting is the result of racist, brutal police.

Governor Evers’ actions are repugnant and they have endangered the lives, health, and property of all Wisconsinites.


1724, 24 August 2020


  1. Merlin

    It’ll take 30 days to complete the investigation. Mandy Barnes has already beaten Evers to the gutter by labeling the event a vendetta action by police. They never waste an opportunity to politicize a crisis.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Awful Evers.

    Disgusting governor treating cops like criminals.

    The guy refused police orders and had a knife. Seems like a justified shoot to me.

  3. dad29

    Evers would be embarrassed by the results of the investigation, but he’s not bright enough to be embarrassed.  There are rumors about a failure of the Taser (twice) to put the guy down.  Further, the cop who did the shooting could see what the goblin was doing in the car–we cannot.  That ought to be significant.

  4. Mar

    Hopefully, the GOP will gavel in the session and then gavel it out 2 seconds later, like they have done in the past.

    From the article: “Evers said he left a voicemail for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and didn’t get the feeling Vos was on board.
    “I didn’t sense that he was going to. In general, he seemed to be unmoved by my request,” Evers said.”
    Ya think?

  5. Owen

    And once again, Evers isn’t even trying to pretend to reach out and have a discussion about it. Furthermore, neither Vos nor Fitz have any confidence that Evers isn’t going to record the call to dump it to the press when it suits his fancy. I can’t believe I’m actually yearning for the days of Doyle. At least he had some political skill and could reasonably be expected to not burn down the state.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann

    Nord, jjf,

    Are you going to throw Evers under bus for his shocking anti-law enforcement statement?

    Or do you side with Evers siding with criminal here?

  7. Merlin

    This is just one more unforced error for Evers. Waiting even 24 hours to see what facts shake out early would have helped them craft a better response. State Patrol could have given him a quiet heads up by this morning. He’s likely to be clubbed over the head with this one come re-election time.

  8. Mike

    Last nights destruction in kenosha can be credited to Evers leadership.


  9. Le Roi du Nord


    I wasn’t there, and don’t have all the information to make an informed decision or comment. But that has never stopped you, now or in the past.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    There is enough to denoucne Evers for taking sides against the cop and toward the sexual assault fugitive before all facts were in.

    Can you denounce Evers for being anti-cop?


  11. Le Roi du Nord


    I denounce willful and aggressive ignorance of all types and forms. That puts you smack-dab in the crosshairs of my denouncement.

  12. Kevin Scheunemann


    You are as bad as Pelosi when she should have smacked the squad specifically for their anti-Semitism.   They pass a resolution denouncing all, which gave them cover.

    Are you giving Evers cover for his horrendous anti-cop statements?

    You are looking like a cop hater like Evers.

    Not a good look for someone who says they are “pro-law enforcement”.

    You need to denounce Evers here, because he was so horrendous, so awful, not doing so means you are anti-law enforecment.

  13. Le Roi du Nord


    No k, I don’t “need” to do anything for you. Until you come to the realization that you can’t order me, or others, around you are just going to have to suck it up and torment your family with your juvenile behavior.

    What I can suggest is that you should really learn how it read. That might take care of some of your anger and frustrations.

  14. Mar

    Well, that was quick. The special session of the legislature lasted a whole 30 seconds.
    Good for the GOP for not playing politics with Herr Evers.

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