It’s 21st century America, and militia are patrolling the streets of one U.S. city.
And they might be shooting private citizens.
Two people were shot dead and another injured when at least one gunman opened fire on protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid demonstrations against the police shooting of Jacob Blake three days ago.
David Beth, the county sheriff, said one person was shot in the head and another in the chest shortly before midnight on Tuesday. Another person was shot in the arm. The victims have not been identified.
Beth said people describing themselves as belonging to a militia had been patrolling Kenosha’s streets in recent nights but he did not know if the shooter was involved with such a group.
“They’re a militia,” Beth told reporters. “They’re like a vigilante group.”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports
On Tuesday, a group calling itself the Kenosha Guard, asked members and followers on Facebook to come downtown and be prepared to defend the city.
One post read: “Any patriots willing to take up arms and defend out (sic) City tonight from the evil thugs? Nondoubt (sic) they are currently planning on the next part of the City to burn tonight!”The Kenosha News reports that local officials are urging the governor to authorize the National Guard to brought to the city.
A police state brought about by one white officer choosing to shoot a black man seven times. That black man, Jacob Blake, is now paralyzed from the waist down.
What a country.