Video Shows Armed Residents Protecting Local Businesses From Rioters in Kenosha, WI

Several new videos show armed Kenosha, Wisconsin residents, protecting local businesses from rioters, amid mass protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

In one video, posted to Twitter by The Daily Caller, three armed men can be seen standing outside a local business. The person filming the video then goes up to one of the men and asks if they are just out here protecting the building.

In response, one of the armed men says, "we're out here trying to protect residents, we're trying to protect the innocent people and we're trying to protect the businesses of the citizens out here."

"We're not trying to protect the government. You want to tear down those lampshades, go for it I guess," the man says.

As the video continues, one of the other armed man can be heard yelling towards protesters, "I'm on your side, as long as you're against the cops but you can't burn down your local businesses."

A group of guys in #Kenosha armed with guns are protecting a local business from rioters:

“We’re out here trying to protect residents, we’re trying to protect the innocent people and we’re trying to protect the businesses of the citizens out here...” pic.twitter.com/KWfw7wCoGR

— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 25, 2020

In another video posted to Reddit, a car dealership can be seen with broken windows when an armed resident, dressed in similar clothes, walks over and yells "get the f*** away from these businesses. These people rely on this s*** to live."

The person filming the video can be heard saying that the armed residents are not part of the National Guard but are "on the Black Lives Matter protest side, but they don't want people looting."

Julio Rosas of TownHall.com, posted a similar video where he was able to speak with the armed residents protecting local businesses.

This is the moment I mentioned earlier. These armed citizens said they support the protests but not the riots because people are hurting their own community.

Later on, as a car dealership was under attack by rioters, one of the armed men stepped in and stopped it. pic.twitter.com/uSqprPXkSW

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 25, 2020

"We're trying to stop them from hurting their own community," one of the armed men says, while another one confirms that he previously served in the Army.

Wisconsin Protests
Demonstrators chant in front of a burning truck on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This is the second night of rioting after the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, on August 23. Blake was shot multiple times in the back by Wisconsin police officers after attempting to enter into the drivers side of a vehicle. Brandon Bell/Getty

The videos come amid mass protests following the recent police shooting of Blake, a 29-year-old Black man. Blake was shot Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence report. Videos of the incident show Blake walking away from officers and towards his vehicle as they aimed their guns at him. Blake was about to get into his car, but an officer grabbed him and fired his gun at Blake's back.

During a recent interview with the Chicago-Sun Times, Blake's father said that his son survived the shooting but is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Similar situations occurred during protests in Minneapolis, following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after being held down by several Minneapolis police officers. One officer, Derek Chauvin, held Floyd down by kneeling on his neck. Floyd's death sparked mass protests in Minneapolis and across the U.S., with protesters calling for an end to police brutality against Black Americans.

During the Minneapolis protests, two armed men stood outside a tobacco shop and stated, "we definitely don't agree with the looting, but we do agree with the cause for protests."

In the video, posted to Twitter by Max Nesterak of the Minnesota Reformer, one of the armed men said that they noticed the tobacco store's owners trying to defend the store from looters. The men stated that they initially went to the tobacco store because they were interested in purchasing something, but upon arrival, they decided to stand outside and help the owners defend the store from looters.

"And so, I figured, before there were cops, there were just Americans, so here we are," one of the men says in the video.

Newsweek reached out to the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Kenosha Police Department for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.