Kenosha Mayor Seeks $30 Million in State Aid to Rebuild City After Violent Protests

FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2020 file photo, police stand near a garbage truck ablaze during protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. In the span of 48 hours, two Black men in U.S. cities hundreds of miles apart were shot by police in episodes that set off a national conversation about the need for officers to open fire on people walking away from them. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

City of Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian announced Sunday, Aug. 30 he has requested $30 million in state funding from Governor Tony Evers “to help the City of Kenosha rebuild and heal after the week of violence and damage experienced particularly in the downtown, uptown and surrounding areas of the city.”

“Kenosha is a safe community with hardworking individuals who are mourning and facing immense tragedy and devastation,” said Mayor Antaramian in a news release Sunday. “We’re asking the state and community partners to help rebuild what was lost and to invest in programs and training for our young people.”

Kenosha fire officials reported 37 fires set on Monday night, Aug. 24 in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday. The following night, two people were fatally shot, allegedly by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois.

The release from the mayor noted “the damage caused by violent demonstrators and rioters, led largely by people from outside the city, destroyed dozens of businesses, homes and city buildings.” Sunday evening, rioting and looting led to burnt buildings, homes, car dealerships, city transit vehicles and more, the mayor said, noting the city is working with local business owners to estimate the total cost of damaged property.

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SOURCE: FOX 6 Milwaukee, Katie DeLong