Milwaukee went up in flames on Saturday night as protestors turned to violence after police shot a man fleeing a traffic stop.
The Wisconsin city may not seem like a hotbed for violent protests, but according to reports from PEOPLE and USA Today, protestors burned multiple stores, damaged at least one police car and even lit a gas station on fire.
Details are still emerging as to how exactly the arrest went down andhow order quickly turned to disorder.
According to USA Today, two officersstopped two menin a car, causing the men to flee from the officerson foot. While in pursuit, one of the officers shot and killed one of the men, a Milwaukeeanin his early 20s.
Milkwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett described an altercation in which the victim would not drop his weapon, resulting in the officer shooting at him. He added that the officer was wearing a body camera and that the state of Wisconsin will be handling the investigation.
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Therace of the dead person is not clear.PEOPLE reports the other suspect was safely captured.
According to Barrett, word spread on social media to meet near the scene of the crime to protest, and it would seem things snowballed and continued to escalate from there.
As one person pointed out, if you didn’t know any better, these imagescan remind you of Ferguson or even Baltimore.
Crowd breaks widows of unoccupied squad near Sherman and Auer. Other squad set afire and broken windows on another. pic.twitter.com/Jux2mJZYyQ
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Though no race has been given for the victim or the officer who shot him, it would appear based on statements from leaders in Milwaukee that people think the killing was connected with the victim’s race.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,Milwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey described the death in racial terms.
This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wis., has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country. Now this is a warning cry. Where do we go from here? Where do we go as a community from here?
Do we continue continue with the inequities, the injustice, the unemployment, the under-education, that creates these byproducts that we see this evening? The black people of Milwaukee are tired. They’re tired of living under this oppression. This is their existence. This is their life. This is the life of their children.
Now what has happened tonight may have not been right; I’m not justifying that. But no one can deny the fact that there’s problems, racial problems, here in Milwaukee, Wis., that have to be closely, not examined, but rectified. Rectify this immediately. Because if you don’t, this vision of downtown, all of that, you’re one day away. You’re one day away.
It seems statementslike Rainey’s as well as the seemingly random, sudden explosion of violence in Milwaukee prompted people on Twitter tothink about what caused these riots. The responses were varied.
Someblamed the protesters, and others blamed systemic factors, connecting this events of Milwaukeewith those in Baltimore and Ferguson.
For pretty much every bit of systemic racism–policing, education, housing, jobs, incarceration, voting etc–Milwaukee is a case study
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) August 14, 2016
— Makada (@_Makada_) August 14, 2016
Let me say again:
“A ‘riot’ is the language of the unheard.” -MLK
It’s not about one incident. Never is.
Are you listening? #Milwaukee
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) August 14, 2016
Nothing says justice like burning down your OWN COMMUNITY. #Milwaukee
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— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 14, 2016
1) I’ve shared info on housing segregation before, but it’s worth exploring again if we’re to have honest conversations about #Milwaukee.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) August 14, 2016
So they kill a armed man who stole a car and shot a man and you riot #Milwaukee how does this make sense
— OKC4LIFE (@Quen_Almight) August 14, 2016
Milwaukee has been on knife’s edge. It’s one of the worst places for police brutality and incarceration on this planet.
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) August 14, 2016
If you don’t want to be shot by Police then best not carry guns and point them at Police #Milwaukee
— David Vance (@DVATW) August 14, 2016
“the most segregated city in america.” https://t.co/kd0GHonYNu
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) August 14, 2016
At the very least, it seems like there’s enough context to warrant a full investigation of the shooting, which the mayor said will be handled by the state of Wisconsin.
While the statefigures out how to proceed with an investigation, the officer who killed the man will be placed on administrative leave.
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