Wisconsin state Representative David Bowen said he saw white supremacists in Kenosha on Tuesday evening “vandalizing” and attacking demonstrators. Protests and riots have broken out in the city following the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black resident, on Sunday. Videos of the incident showed a police officer shoot Blake in the back multiple times right outside his vehicle. Blake was reportedly attempting to break up a fight when the police arrived at the scene.
The shooting came in the wake of widespread anti-racism and Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country, which were spurred by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Floyd’s death, as well as the deaths of numerous other black Americans at the hands of the police in recent years, has become a rallying cry against systemic racism in the justice system. Bowen attended the protests in Kenosha on Tuesday evening and described what he witnessed in a Wednesday interview with CNN.Newsweek Wisconsin Lawmaker Says He Saw White Supremacists Come to Kenosha ‘Vandalizing’ and to ‘Hurt Protesters’