A South Carolina police chief was reportedly stabbed beneath the eye with an icepick at his own home on Monday.
Bonneau Police Chief Franco Fuda said he answered a knock at his door and was greeted by a suspect who said the chief was “going to die today,” local police told ABC 4. The man, who was later identified as Forrest Bowman, allegedly thrust an icepick into Fuda’s face and fled the scene, the local outlet reported.
#BREAKING Bonneau Police Franco Fuda was stabbed in the face with a screwdriver this morning. The @BerkCoSheriff says the suspect is holed up inside his trailer. Warning: the video is graphic. #chsnews pic.twitter.com/E7ycUlWUV9
— Harve Jacobs (@policereporter) September 7, 2020
SHOCKER: New Reporting Shows Kenosha Riots Hit Minority Communities Hardest: Callous disregard of property rights creates long-term instability that scares away business investment and reduces economic opportunity.
On August 23, the police shooting of an African American man named Jacob Blake sparked national unrest yet again, in a pattern that has become all too common. Blake survived the shooting, and the incident was murky—not a clear-cut injustice. Yet rioting and looting broke out in Kenosha, Wisconsin, nonetheless.
Now, as the dust settles and locals begin to sort through the rubble, the scale of the destruction that rocked the city after Blake’s death is becoming clear.
At least 56 businesses were damaged or destroyed by looting or arson, according to the Wall Street Journal. Current assessments report more than $50 million in damage.
“The destruction has left shop owners in one of Kenosha’s oldest business districts grappling with why their businesses became casualties of the destruction that has followed protests against racism and police brutality, and whether they will have the money to rebuild and stay in the neighborhood,” the Journal reports. “While Kenosha’s population is 79.5% white and 11.5% Black, according to census data, locals say the Uptown neighborhood is one of the city’s most diverse areas, with a majority of minority-owned businesses.”
You can take a look at the pictures I took during the riots in Kenosha last week on my Instagram: t.co/4HpVYRup8K
Here are some examples. pic.twitter.com/47AOBGpVfN
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 1, 2020
After police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Black Lives Matter activists took to the streets, engaging in acts of vandalism, looting, and arson at night. According to a new report on the extent of the damage, the riots disproportionately harmed minority-owned businesses, ravaging the very black community the activists meant to defend.
“While Kenosha’s population is 79.5% white and 11.5% Black, according to census data, locals say the Uptown neighborhood is one of the city’s most diverse areas, with a majority of minority-owned businesses,” The Wall Street Journal‘s Erin Ailworth reported. The riots damaged or destroyed at least 56 businesses and the mayor estimated a grand total of $50 million in damage.
“I always think that people have the right to protest—to peacefully protest—but this goes beyond that,” Abel Alejo, owner of the La Estrella Supermarket and an immigrant from Mexico, told the Journal. “They were destroying the neighborhoods that they want to protect.”