The Associated Press reported that damages to municipal property caused by the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, amount to $2 million.
Shelly Billingsley, the city’s public works director, spoke with local leaders on Monday, Aug. 31, to estimate the costs that include damage to garbage trucks, street lights, traffic signs, and other municipal property that was destroyed during the riots last week. The garbage trucks were parked downtown to limit the movement of protesters, but they were eventually set on fire.
Although these garbage trucks were insured and will most likely recover, some were used as snow plows vehicles and with the onset of the cold season, authorities are now concerned that this may affect operations to remove snow from the streets, The Associated Press reported.
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramina said the city will request about $30 million in aid from the state to help rebuild the city.
In an incident with some similarities to the George Floyd case, Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake on Aug. 23 while trying to take him into custody. As a result of the shooting, Blake was paralyzed from the waist down.
According to the official statement of the police union and based on the evidence presented by several videos, Blake resisted arrest, struggled with the police and was shot when he went for the knife in his car.
However, a partial video of the incident went viral on the web and was again labeled as police brutality against a black person, which consequently triggered a series of protests that were initially peaceful but turned into chaos.
In Tuesday’s interview with Laura Ingraham, President Trump said he spoke to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and insisted on sending in the federal aid that finally put an end to the riots. “Tony, you got to bring out the National Guard.” [And he said] ‘Well, I don’t really want to do it,” recollected President Trump.
Sadly, two people died during the violent demonstrations.
President Trump visited the destroyed areas of Kenosha on Tuesday accompanied by Attorney General William Barr and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and promised to help rebuild businesses, Fox News reported.