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Here’s What We Know About the Fatal Shooting During Kenosha Protest and Riots

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  • Three people were shot and two were killed on Tuesday during another night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
  • On Wednesday, authorities arrested and charged a 17-year-old with first-degree intentional homicide in connection to the shootings, though they did not say if he was being charged for one or both of the fatalities.
  • Video footage from the night shows the suspect running from a group of people before seemingly shooting a man who lunged at him in the head. After that, he ran from the scene and was heard telling someone on the phone: “I just killed somebody.”
  • The footage then shows the suspect being chased by more people shouting “that’s the shooter.” He appeared to fall, and as three people rushed him, he fired three shots, hitting one person in the chest and another in the arm.
  • The suspect then ran down the block to where police were stationed, lifting his arms up in apparent surrender, but multiple police cars drove right past him, reportedly to go aid the victims. 

17-Year-Old Charged in Shooting

A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide on Wednesday in connection to three shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left two dead and one injured.

The shootings took place on Tuesday, marking the third night of unrest in the city following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot in the back by a police officer seven times. Despite an 8 p.m. county-mandated curfew, many people took to the streets, including groups of armed civilians.

Some of those individuals were described by the reporters as armed counterprotesters, but others were self-declared militia members who police also described as vigilante militia groups. 

Many of the armed people claimed they were there to protect the city, but as the night progressed, those groups could be seen facing off with protestors. Then at 11:45 p.m., three people were shot, according to police.

Timeline of Events

Little has been confirmed by authorities about what happened leading up to the incident and after it. However, because the alleged shooter appears in a number of videos taken throughout the night, some outlets have been able to piece together a timeline, including the New York Times, which has used available footage to track the suspect throughout the night.

A few hours before the shooting, the suspect appeared in several interviews with people on the ground, the Times reported.

One of the most circulated clips of the alleged shooter was taken by a videographer with the conservative blog The Daily Caller. 

“People are getting injured, our job is to protect this business, and part of my job is to also help people,” the suspect said in the video. “If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. I also have my med kit.”

According to the Times, about 15 minutes before the first shooting, police officers offered water to a group of armed civilians that included the alleged shooter. Video footage shows the suspect then walking up to police vehicles and talking to the officers.

“We appreciate you guys, we really do,” an officer told the group through a megaphone.

Six minutes after that, per the timeline outlined by the Times, footage showed the suspect being chased by a group of people into the parking lot of a car dealership. As he ran an unknown gunman fired into the air. The suspect turned towards the sound of that gunfire and someone lunged toward him from that direction.

He fired four times and seemed to hit the person in the head. Video taken shortly after that shows him running away from the person he just shot in the head while talking on the phone.

“I just killed somebody,” he can be heard saying as he runs.

Several people chased him as he fleed the scene, and some were heard shouting, “That’s the shooter!” 

While running, the suspect appeared to trip and fall. Three people came toward him and he fired four shots. One person seemed to be hit in the chest and fell to the ground, and another, who was carrying a handgun, was hit in the arm.

The Times also pointed out that the suspect’s gunfire was “mixed in with the sound of at least 16 other gunshots,” adding, “As this happens, police vehicles just one block away remain stationary during the gunfire.” 

The footage then showed the suspect walking towards the police vehicles with his hands up — seemingly surrendering. Bystanders can be heard yelling to the officers and saying he had just shot people, but multiple police vehicles drove by him without stopping, reportedly to go help the victims. 

Arrest & Background

The following morning, officials arrested the suspect in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, just 20 minutes southwest Kenosha. 

Authorities have not yet said if he is being charged for both of the fatal shootings or just one. Notably, a police complaint filed in Illinois also said that after committing homicide in Wisconsin, the suspect fled “with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offense.” 

He is currently being held in Illinois awaiting a trial that would extradite him to Wisconsin, where he will be tried as an adult under the state’s laws.

Following the arrest, more information began to surface about the alleged shooter. According to BuzzFeed News, which looked into his social media profiles, the suspect appeared obsessed with law enforcement and was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and Blue Lives matter. The outlet also obtained a photo of him that appears to show him at a Trump rally at the start of this year. 

Authorities have not said if he was a part of any of the militia groups that were in Kenosha Tuesday night, and the Anti-Defamation League also told reporters that there is no indication from his social media accounts that he was connected to any extremist movements.

Editor’s Note: Rogue Rocket has chosen not to include the name or photo of the suspect in this case and therefor will not be linking to other sources, as they may contain these details.

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Soldier Charged With Assault After Shoving Black Man in Viral Video

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  • Authorities charged Army soldier Jonathan Pentland with third-degree assault and battery on Wednesday after a viral video showed him shoving a Black man while yelling at him to leave a South Carolina neighborhood.
  • Many people, including dozens who protested outside Pentland’s home this week, condemned the confrontation as another instance of someone being attacked for “walking while Black.”
  • Pentland and others claimed the unidentified man was picking a fight with neighbors, which the man denied, but police said nothing that may have happened earlier justified Pentland’s actions.
  • If convicted, Pentland faces a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

Viral Video

A U.S. soldier was charged with assault on Wednesday after a video that circulated online showed him yelling at and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood.

Footage of the April 8 incident was posted to social media Monday. It shows the Army soldier, Jonathan Pentland, confronting the unidentified man and telling him to leave the neighborhood. 

The other man explains that he’s just walking through the area and doing nothing wrong, but Pentland becomes increasingly aggressive. “You better walk away,” he shouts at the man after shoving him.

“You either walk away, or I’m gonna carry your ass out of here,” he continues before adding, “You’re in the wrong neighborhood motherf*ker. Get out!”

The man then tries to tell Pentland that he lives in the neighborhood, and Pentland then asks for his address, which he does not give.

The confrontation continues with Pentland cursing and getting in the man’s face. As he does so, the man says that Pentland smells drunk. 

It’s unclear what exactly led up to the confrontation, but in the video, a woman off-camera says the man “picked a fight with some random young lady that’s one of our neighbors.”

“I don’t even know who she is. Nobody picked a fight when someone ran up on me,” the man replies. Another woman off-screen then encourages the man to leave with her, saying, “What’s your name? Come on. You don’t want no trouble.”

Video Triggers Protests Outside Pentland’s Home

After this video spread online, many social media users condemned it as another instance of someone being attacked for “walking while Black.”

In fact, protesters even began demonstrating outside of Penland’s home. Those protests started off peaceful, but deputies were then called after 8 p.m. because unknown individuals vandalized the house. That forced police to shut down access to the area and remove Pentland’s family to another location.

As far as the viral video, deputies were told that the man approached “several neighbors in a threatening manner” and that someone had asked Pentland to “intervene.”

Police did confirm that there are two reports of alleged assault against the unnamed man Pentland shoved that are being investigated. However, they also added that the man has “an underlying medical condition that may explain the behavior exhibited in the alleged incidents.”

Pentland Charged

Either way, police said whatever happened earlier did not justify Pentland’s actions. He was ultimately arrested Wednesday morning and was charged with third-degree assault and battery. He faces a $500 fine and 30 days in jail if convicted.

“We’re not going to let people be bullies in our community,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a news conference Wednesday. “And if you are, you’re going to answer for it, and that’s what we’ve done in this case.”

On top of that, the Justice Department reportedly was investigating. Pentland’s Commanding General even issued a statement condemning his behavior, adding that Pentland “brought disrespect to @fortjackson our Army and the trust with the public we serve.”

See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (ABC News) (Huffpost)

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Texas Students Created Snapchat Group To ‘Slave Trade’ Black Classmates

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  • Freshmen at a Texas high school set up a Snapchat group to pretend to sell their Black classmates. 
  • A screenshot showed the group name being changed from “Slave Trade” with emojis of a Black man, a gun, and a white police officer to “[racial slur] Farm” and then “[racial slur] Auction.”
  • That image also shows a person saying they would spend $100 on a peer while a second student said they would spend $1 on another, adding “would be better if his hair wasn’t so bad.”
  • The school faced backlash for initially describing it as “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment,” without acknowledging the racism. The district later issued a stronger condemnation and said the students were disciplined but did not list specific consequences.

Racist Snapchat Group

Aledo high school students at Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in Northern Texas are making headlines for setting up a Snapchat group to pretend to sell their Black classmates. 

A screenshot reviewed by several local news outlets showed the group name being changed from “Slave Trade” with emojis of a Black man, a gun, and a white police officer to “[racial slur] Farm” and then “[racial slur] Auction.”

That image also shows a person saying they would spend $100 on a peer. A second student said they would spend $1 on another, adding “would be better if his hair wasn’t so bad.”

Screenshot of group chat message via KXAS

At least one student who was mentioned as being “sold” in the chats was later sent screenshots of the conversations.

According to a report from the Star-Telegram reported last week, when the issue was brought to Principal Carolyn Ansley, she sent parents an email that didn’t mention the Snapchat group but only cited “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment.”

That caused frustrations because parents felt the issue of racism wasn’t being addressed or acknowledged.

Mark Grubbs, a father of three former students, told KXAS he was sickened by the students’ actions. Grubbs, who is Black, also said he had taken his children out of the district over other racist incidents in the past.

“My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn’t mind fighting and that didn’t sit right with me and my wife. My son was never a fighter,” he said.

District Responds

After the incident garnered media attention, the Aledo Independent School District issued a statement.

The district said it learned of the incident more than two weeks ago and started an investigation that involved law enforcement.

“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,” it added. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”

District officials spoke with the students responsible as well as their parents, saying they “made it clear that statements and conduct that targets a student because of his or her race is not only prohibited but also has a profound impact on the victims.”

The district also said it assigned disciplinary consequences, though it did not explicitly state what those consequences were or state how many students were involved.

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What You Need To Know About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause

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  • The CDC and the FDA have issued a joint recommendation to pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine amid reports that six women experienced “extremely rare” blood clots after receiving the single-dose shot.
  • The vast majority of the 6.8 million Americans who were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have reported minor to no side effects, and no direct link has been established between the vaccine and blood clots at this time. 
  • The two agencies are expected to release updated guidance in the coming days.
  • Several states and cities are now automatically giving the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to people who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. 

CDC and FDA Recommend J&J Vaccine Halt

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, released a statement Tuesday recommending a pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

So far, 6.8 million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, most with zero or only mild side effects.

The updated guidance comes after six women, all between the ages of 18 to 48, experienced what both agencies described as “extremely rare” blood clots six to 13 days after being vaccinated. One of those women has died and another is in critical condition.

Neither the CDC nor the FDA has confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the cause of these blood clots; rather, they said this guidance comes “out of an abundance of caution.”

That’s also in line with Johnson & Johnson itself, which said it’s aware of the reports but added that “no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events.” As a precaution, Johnson & Johnson has also now delayed the rollout of its vaccine in Europe. 

What Happens From Here?

Principal Deputy Director of the CDC Anne Schuchat said further recommendations will come quickly.

FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock echoed that statement, saying, “We expect it to be a matter of days for this pause.”

Wednesday, a CDC committee will convene to discuss the cases and assess their potential significance.

When asked if the government was overreacting to just six cases out of nearly 7 million vaccinations (a criticism made by some online), Schuchat said the CDC pulled its recommendation specifically because the type of blood clots seen in these 6 women requires special treatment, so “it was of the utmost importance to us to get the word out.”

In the meantime, both agencies are urging Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients to contact their doctors if they experience any combination of severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath. 

What If I Had A J&J Appointment?

Both agencies, as well as other health officials, are still urging unvaccinated people to take the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines when available in their area.

The White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator has said that 28 million doses of those vaccines will be made available this week. Notably, that’s more than enough for the country to continue giving 3 million shots a day. 

If you had an appointment scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you’re likely not completely out of luck.

For example, while D.C. vaccination sites are canceling all Johnson & Johnson appointments between Tuesday and this Saturday, the health department there has said it’ll send out invitations on Wednesday to reschedule.

Similar situations were reported in Virginia and Maryland, though some vaccination sites in Maryland are still honoring existing appointments by automatically giving people Pfizer instead. That’s also a process that is now being conducted in places like New York State and Memphis.

See what others are saying: (Associated Press) (NBC News) (The Washington Post)

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