Blake/Rice/Rittenhouse shootings: What is wrong with this picture?

September 3, 2020

After three days of protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake (lower, left and right photos) in Kenosha, WI, things had remained relatively peaceful (with the exception of some outside looters and rioters). That is until the night of Tuesday, August 25, 2020, when things turned deadly after Kyle Rittenhouse (right photo), 17, engaged in a scuffle with people near a car dealership and opened fire, killing two people and wounding a third. Even though (reportedly) the police observed Rittenhouse shoot into the crowd, they let him through the police line, even giving him a bottle of water as he left the scene. He was later arrested at home.

Flash back to November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, OH when Tamir Rice (upper photo, inset), a 12-year old African American boy who was hanging out in a park picnic area was instantly gunned down by police officer Timothy Loehmann for having a replica toy gun in his possession (top left photo). Rice and Blake were believed to be a threat and gunned down instantly without the benefit of doubt because they were Black. But Rittenhouse received preferential treatment after killing two people because he was white.

There is something definitely wrong with this picture.