City of Kenosha announces precautionary safety measures ahead of Jacob Blake decision

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A crowd disperses as police deploy tear gas during a protest in downtown Madison, Wis., on Aug. 24, 2020. The protest came in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., one day earlier. Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Kenosha Police Department announced in a Facebook post on Sunday morning that it is planning precautionary efforts ahead of the charging decision regarding the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake.

The post said Mayor John Antaramian and Police Chief Daniel Miskinis aim to ensure the safety of the public, neighborhoods, businesses and protestors following the announcement of the decision by Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley.

“Our responsibility to public safety is paramount, and we are preparing for a number of possible public demonstration and safety efforts including designation of a demonstration space, limitations on city bus routes, road closures, curfew and protective fencing,” said the Kenosha Police Department.

Mayor Antaramian said the decision is likely to be announced within the first two weeks of January. He said he is working with Chief Miskinis and other partners to protect peaceful demonstration and guard against unlawful activity.