Kenosha, Wi., officials are preparing for unrest as they wait for the Kenosha County district attorney to make a decision in the police shooting of Jacob Blake, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. On Monday, the Kenosha City Council is expected to vote on a resolution by Mayor John Antaramian that would create an emergency declaration for the city “regarding potential civil unrest” in the event DA Michael Graveley makes a decision within the first two full weeks of January. Graveley has said he would make an announcement during that time frame.
The resolution cites the violent protests that took place in late August after Blake was shot by Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey on Aug. 23. The shooting left Blake paralyzed. Large protests broke out in Kenosha and caused millions of dollars in damage to public and private property. More than 250 people were arrested on various charges. Some businesses already have started boarding up windows and doors. While Graveley mulls whether to charge Sheskey, a pretrial hearing is scheduled for Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday in Kenosha. Rittenhouse is charged with homicide, recklessly endangering safety, possessing a dangerous weapon and failure to comply with a curfew after he shot three people Aug. 25, killing two of them, during a protest.