THE Kenosha Guard militia are a group of citizens who claim to be “patriots” willing to take up arms and defend residents in Wisconsin from “evil thugs”.
The group, which seeks “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property,” hosts events on Facebook and counted teen vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse as one of its supporters.
A protester speaking to a Sheriff at a demonstration[/caption]
Here is more on the militia group in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
What is the ‘Kenosha Guard’?
The Kenosha Guard are a militia group that started on Facebook.
The group has patrolled the streets of the city in Wisconsin following the heated protests spurred by the shooting of Jacob Blake.
The group’s goal is to recruit “any patriots willing to take up arms and defend our city tonight from evil thugs.”
They post events about disrupting protests with schedules.
A post written to Kenosha Police Chief Miskins signed “Kenosha Guard Commander” said: “As you know I am the commander of the Kenosha Guard, a local militia.
Wisconsin has been having protests for the past three nights [/caption]
“We are mobilizing tonight and have about 3,000 RSVP’s. Our effort has made the national media. I ask that you do NOT have your officers tell us to go home under threat of arrest as you have in the past.
“We are willing to talk to KPD and open a discussion. It is evident that no matter how many Officers, deputies and other law enforcement officers that are here, you will still be outnumbered,” the post concluded.
What did they do at the Wisconsin protests?
The Kenosha militia showed up at the Black Lives Matter protests with weapons claiming to “defend our city.”
They attempted to stop looters and rioters from running the streets of the town.
Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot two people at the protest[/caption]
What happened to Jacob Blake?
The 29-year-old black dad is now paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the back seven times by cops in Wisconsin
- Jacob Blake was shot at by Wisconsin police approximately seven times and is currently paralyzed from the waist down
- On Sunday evening, shocking footage emerged showing Blake being gunned down by police
- His family was sitting in the car as they watched police shoot him in the back
- Blake was reportedly gearing up to celebrate his son’s eighth birthday
What was the Facebook event that was scheduled?
The militia had scheduled a Facebook event for 8pm on Wednesday night at Civic Center Park.
Part of the agenda asked for “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property.”
Facebook headquarters said on Wednesday that it removed the page for the Kenosha Guard as it violated the policy for “militia organizations.”
Police presence at the protests[/caption]
Who is Kyle Rittenhouse and what happened during the Kenosha protests?
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, allegedly shot at demontrators who were marching to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake.
A third night of protests was underway when an “unidentified young white man” was caught on video spraying rounds of bullets in point-blank range at protesters in the middle of the street.
Twitter users began pointing fingers at Rittenhouse, who they claimed was part of a “police explorer” program with Kenosha cops.
Photos of Rittenhouse holding an AR-15 gun surfaced on Twitter, and many believe the weapon was used to harm the demonstrators.
Rittenhouse was arrested and charged with first degree murder[/caption]
The shooting killed two people and hurt at least one other.
There are also pictures surfacing of Rittenhouse holding weapons and bragging about the “non-lethal” weapons he owns.
What did Trump say about the Kenosha riots?
President Donald Trump threatened to send the feds and National Guard into Kenosha to “restore law and order” after the deadly Jacob Blake riots.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday: “We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets.
“My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)…
“…TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
Trump claimed he would send the feds to control the protesters[/caption]
Was Kyle Rittenhouse arrested?
Rittenhouse was arrested by police and charged with first degree murder for allegedly shooting two people.
The suspect allegedly fled Wisconsin for his home state following the shooting.
It is unclear if Rittenhouse is a member of the Kenosha militia.
A video surfacing the internet shows Rittenhouse with members of the militia getting bottles of water from a law enforcement officer in an armored vehicle.
It is unclear if Rittenhouse is a member of the Kenosha militia[/caption]
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, who appeared at the same event, said deputies would toss water to anyone.
“If someone came walking past, I don’t care if they’re a protester or who they are, they would pass water,” he said.
“We have cases. People have come to our command posts… . We have pallets of water and Gatorade.”
Another militia group called the boogaloo also attended the demonstrations in Kenosha.
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A member named Justin Mishler claims that they are not affiliated with the Kenosha militia.
Mishler also said that Rittenhouse is not affiliated with the boogaloos.
“He’s not one of us,” Mishler said of Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse is 17-years-old[/caption]
Another militia called the boogaloo have taken to the Wisconsin streets [/caption]
It is unclear when federal assistance will be at Wisconsin[/caption]