Black Lives Matter riots erupted in Wisconsin Sunday shortly after Kenosa police shot a Black man several times in the back and severely injured him, according to reports. The officers were responding to a “domestic incident” at the time.
As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, Jacob Blake, the victim, is in serious condition at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
The State’s Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation and the officers involved were placed on administrative leave, the local report noted.
“Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said in a statement.
“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.”
But before local officials announced the opening of an investigation, rioters had already set the town ablaze and destroyed many businesses in the area.
As journalist Andy Ngo shared on Twitter, the insanity didn’t start or end there. “BLM rioters armed with semi-auto rifles have shut down the street in #Kenosha and ordered a Sheriff’s vehicle to stop,” he wrote of a video showing the incident.
Drew Hernandez, who was reporting on the ground Sunday night, shared footage of ransacked businesses and even a looted public library.
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Rep. Patrick McHenry Announces Retirement, Adding to Congressional Exodus
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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