So the headlines say "Violence erupts after police shooting"... But what if we begin with the fact that police shooting an armed man in an open-carry state for the reason he was armed is violence itself?
A standoff between police and an angry crowd turned violent Saturday night in the hours after a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed an armed suspect during a foot chase on the city's north side, reports Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Many tense confrontations occurred, resulting in shots fired and arrests performed.
Arrests made in area of disturbance. MPD continues efforts to disperse crowd.— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) August 14, 2016
However, many support the idea that protests were in the first place influenced by a long story of structural and institutional racism and discrimination in the region. Statistics show that Milwaukee has the highest incarceration rate for Black males in the country, let alone state violence that no one has ever been held accountable for.
The violence in Milwaukee was the cops who killed a Black man. What happened afterward is called resistance. #Milwaukee— Anonymous (@AnonyMobLive) August 14, 2016
It is critically important not to turn peaceful resistance and struggle for justice into hate marches in the name of oppression.
@83black83 For the last time: most black don't condone the riots, but we understand the crap out of them. Saying "don't riot" is a— Amy Davis (@_AmyDavis_) August 14, 2016