Alderman Anthony Kennedy on Chaos, Unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin After Jacob Blake Shooting by Police


An alderman from the Kenosha City Council joined KNX In-Depth Wednesday as ongoing chaos reigned for three straight nights in the city in Wisconsin after a Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by the police.

Anthony Kennedy, alderman & president of the Kenosha City Council, said he would ask his constituents, his friends and neighbors they should be angry when looking at the video.

"I know you're angry, you should be angry. Looking at that video and not being angry and not having some kind of reaction, you have a lack of humanity about you if you can look at that and not have a reaction to it. Be angry. Be vocal. I understand it. I am angry," Kennedy said adding he's angry but he still has to be "productive."

He said he is pushing back on what the public saw Tuesday night - "they weren't protesters, they were rioters."

"What you saw last night are rioters and it is very important - these are people with a criminal intent to come into our town and deliberately sow havoc and dilute the message the protesters are trying to put across," Kennedy said adding he was going to call the rioters "punk-a** people who are coming into my community and trying to sow destruction."

"Their actions are literally destroying my community."

He said he saw the shooting on the feeds because his friends in local leadership had set up a Facebook feed. He said he was glad leaders had asked people not  go out Tuesday night and "give these bad actors cover to do the things they have been doing for the last two nights."

"I've been to Black Lives Matter protests I have seen the anger and I have felt their pain and have heard it," he said adding when you see a young Caucasian girl holding a sign that says "Black Lives Matter" "those are protesters." 


Blake was shot on Sunday with three of his children, aged 3, 5 and 8, sitting in the car. His family and family attorney told the public Tuesday that he is paralyzed from the waist down and it "would take a miracle" if he walks again. The family is also bringing a civil suit against the Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Department.

A 17-year-old white teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, according to an Associated Press story.

"I just killed somebody,” the gunman could be heard saying at one point during the rampage that erupted just before midnight," the story reported.

"The dead were identified only as 26-year-old Silver Lake, Wisconsin, resident and a 36-year-old from Kenosha. The wounded person, a 36-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin, was expected to survive, police said," the story reported.

The National Guard has been called in with 500 troops sent to Kenosha authorized by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and there has been a 7 p.m. curfew in place amid the protests.