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Over 250 people arrested in Kenosha County following week of unrest

Posted at 1:02 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 14:02:56-04

Over 250 people have been arrested in Kenosha County following the unrest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23. More than half of them were of people with addresses outside of Kenosha County.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department released statistics from the week of unrest.

As of Sept. 3, the department said there have been eight days of "relatively peaceful activity." The county's curfew ended on Wednesday.

The following statistics were provided by the department from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3:

  • Total calls for service: 31,204
  • Total 911 calls: 3,465
  • Total arrests: 252
  • Arrests of those who do not live in Kenosha Co.: 132
  • Kenosha Co. property damage: $385,000
  • Kenosha City property damage: $1.95 million
  • Total law enforcement agencies: 40+
  • Total National Guard: 1,500+
  • ATF fires of interest: 23+

The ATF is searching for seven people of interest in connection to several arson investigations.

"We want to honor the peaceful protests and assemblies but at the same time protect the safety and security of our community," said the department in a release. "We thank the citizens of Kenosha County for their assistance in keeping Kenosha strong and safe."

Four people arrested during demonstrations in Kenosha are suing the city and county claiming authorities selectively enforced the county-wide curfew set in place during the unrest. The lawsuit claims that none of the hundreds of protesters arrested for breaking curfew in Kenosha over the week in the half following the police shooting of Jacob Blake and subsequent protests were "pro-police."

"This lawsuit, filed by out of state attorneys, is entirely without merit. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has worked tirelessly to bring order back to the community and has been careful to protect the rights of all citizens throughout that process. We plan to seek an immediate dismissal of this lawsuit." said Attorney Sam Hall, who is representing the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Kenosha County.

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