A gas station was set on fire and other businesses also were torched following an hours-long standoff between rioters and police, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
City leaders pleaded for calm after the violence erupted, with Mayor Tom Barrett imploring parents of anyone at the scene to “get them home right now” after at least four businesses burned and one officer was hurt.
At a news conference just after midnight, Barrett said the situation appeared to be calming after a riotous scene in which as many as 100 protesters skirmished with police, torching a squad car and tossing a brick through the window of another. Police mounted at least two efforts to push the protesters out of an intersection at the heart of the violence.
Other leaders blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for igniting the violence.
Black Lives Matter has “stoked hysteria,” Bishop E.W. Jackson told “Fox & Friends” Sunday. “A mass hysteria has taken grip” and President Obama has made it worse by embracing the BLM movement, Jackson said.
He added: The BLM movement works on the false premise “police are out hunting down black men.” They are “using race as a way of avoiding responsibility,” Jackson said.
Bishop Jackson is absolutely correct, and frankly, I wish every leader was talking straight as he does. In this case the man shot was armed, and fleeing police, and, if police feel the suspect poses a threat, they are allowed, under law to use deadly force. Of course, we do not know all the details here, and an investigation will be completed before anyone pronounces judgement. BLM, however, encourages a lynch mob mentality that tries and convicts most police officers that use deadly force before all the evidence has been considered.
Here is some more info from NPR
Milwaukee police said in a statement that at approximately 3:30 p.m., two uniformed officers stopped two male occupants in a car, who proceeded to flee the scene on foot.
During the chase, a 24-year-old male officer shot and killed one of the men they described as a “suspect,” who was armed with a semiautomatic handgun. He died as a result of his injuries at the scene. The entire episode took place within the 3200 block of N. 44th Street.
It’s unclear if the man shot by the officer had aimed or attempted to fire his weapon at the 24-year-old male officer who stopped him, Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told reporters, adding that police have yet to interview the officer.
As NPR’s Cheryl Corley told Weekend Edition Sunday, law enforcement officials said the man killed was armed with a stolen handgun loaded with 23 rounds of ammunition. Police said the gun was “taken in a burglary in Waukesha in March of this year.”
The second male suspect, also 23, has been taken into custody, Jessup said.
So, two suspects were initially stopped, both fled, yet only one was killed by police. He was armed, with a stolen gun. Again, this does not tell us if the shooting was justified, but the fact that the second suspect was not shot, tells us that the police would have likely simply arrested the man killed had he not been armed. Yet, again, let me stress we do not know enough to pass judgement, but excusing rioting MUST STOP
As black people burned the city of Milwaukee on Saturday night one elected official actually justified their grievances.
Riots broke out in the city after police shot and killed a 23-year-old black suspect with a long criminal history, who was armed with a stolen handgun loaded with 23 rounds of ammunition, Reuters reported.
But facts didn’t matter to the degenerates who seized the opportunity to use the shooting as an excuse to riot, loot, shoot and burn local businesses while they chanted “black power.”
And while city leaders called a press conference to ask for calm, Alderman Khalif Rainey made plenty of excuses, stopping short of outright condoning the violence.
The alderman said Milwaukee is “the absolute worst place in America for African-Americans to live in the entire country.”
He said black people are “tired of living under this oppression” and while he said he didn’t justify the violence itself, “nobody can deny that there are racial problems here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that have to be rectified.”
Rainey even seemed to threaten more violence.
“This is the warning cry,” he said of the rioters burning their community to the ground and shooting at firefighters who tried to put out a gas station fire.
“Where do we go from here?” he asked. “Where do we go as a community from here? Do we continue with the inequity, the injustice, the unemployment, the under-education that creates these byproducts that we see this evening? Do we continue that?”
He demanded that the black people’s grievances be rectified immediately.
“Because if you don’t, this vision of downtown, all of that,” he threatened. “You one day away. You one day away (from it happening again).”
Men such as this do nothing but pour gas on fires, and they do it for their political power, nothing more. He is an agitator, a thug, and should be voted out of office. He is justifying violence, and the destruction of businesses, how will those things “help” anybody? How will rushing to judgement help anyone? How will instigating for a “lynch mob” approach help anyone?