Armed Kenosha citizens defend businesses, homes from rioters

by Peter Heck · Aug 26th, 2020 9:53 am

Last Updated Aug 27th, 2020 at 8:34 pm

As violent riots continue to plague Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, residents of the city appear to be arming themselves and standing guard at their homes and businesses to protect against the mayhem.

One video clip shows a group of armed men positioned outside a business.

"We're out here trying to protect residents, we're trying to protect the innocent people, and we're trying to protect the businesses of the citizens out here," one of the men responded when asked what they were protecting.

Towards the end of the clip, a different armed defender shouts out to passing protesters.

"I'm on your side, as long as you're against the cops, but you can't burn down your local businesses," he said.

? The physical and financial damage inflicted on the city of Kenosha by rioters has been immense. In the first night alone, just one car dealership incurred an estimated $1.5 million in damage as a result of arson.


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