Fires in Kenosha Reflect Anger After Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

Kathmandu, August 25:

Some Wisconsin residents were stunned as buildings went up in flames. Protesters were upset that the police shot Mr. Blake, a Black man, in the back as he tried to enter a vehicle.

Protesters in front of a burning vehicle in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday.
Protesters in front of a burning vehicle in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday.Credit…Carlos Javier Ortiz for The New York Times

KENOSHA, Wis. — An afternoon that had begun with peaceful marches in protest of a police shooting gave way to fires, destruction and looting in Kenosha as a strip of businesses in a central residential neighborhood was consumed in flames early Tuesday.

Residents emerged from their houses around midnight to gape at billowing smoke that could be seen for miles. Lost in the blaze, neighbors said, was a mattress store, a storefront church, a Mexican restaurant and a cellphone store. Less than a mile away, a probation and parole office was also on fire.

Julie Bosman is a national correspondent who covers the Midwest. Born and raised in Wisconsin and based in Chicago, she has written about politics, education, law enforcement and literature. 

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