Kenosha Chief Daniel Miskinis appeared to shift blame to pr0testers themselves for case of Jacob Blake, noting that had everyone been following the mandated 8 p.m. curfew. “Last night, in a situation that began peaceful and turned somewhat unruly…Persons who were out after the curfew became engaged in some type of disturbance.
Everybody involved was out after the curfew,” Miskinis said at Wednesday’s press conference, according to Slate. “I’m not going to make a great deal of that, but the point is the curfew is in place to pr0tect.
Had persons not been out involved in roughness of that, perhaps the situation that unfolded would not have happened.” Essence reports on 27th Aug 2020, During the press conference, Miskinis did not name the sufferer who were lost life, or the suspect, who has been identified as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois.
Kenosha Police Chief Miskinis responds to the murder of two protestors by saying it wouldn't have happened if people weren't out after curfew: "I'm not gonna make a great deal of it, BUT …" pic.twitter.com/GBRo8I5Zka— The Recount (@therecount) August 26, 2020
However, according to the chief, the 17-year-old misused of it at the pr0testers “was involved in the use of firearms to resolve whatever conflict that was in place.” Edition.cnn told on 27th Aug 2020, Miskinis’s comments drew swift backlash on social media, with users saying the cop was sufferer-blaming and distancing the teen from his cases.
Leaders from various civil rights groups issued a scathing statement, speaking out against Miskinis’s statements and demanding his removal.
Damn Shame https://t.co/u6GcLeSogK— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2020
“The fact that Kenosha Chief Daniel Miskinis blamed pr0testors for the killings is another example of the disparate treatment that Americans across the country have been pr0testing against since May and for decades before,” the group of leaders wrote in their statement.
“We call on Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul to immediately investigate and pr0secute these and the increasingly pervasive issue of armed White militia members confronting and pr0testers demanding officer accountability. They must also demand the immediate removal of Chief Miskinis.”
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network; Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP; Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League; and other civil rights leaders all signed on to the statement.
Rittenhouse is currently facing first-degree intentional homicide charges and is awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.