Sheriff: Law enforcement working to keep community safe during shooting sparked turmoil

Sheriff David Beth. /westofthei.com file photo

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says local law enforcement is bringing together all of the resources possible to keep the community safe while violence continues to plague Kenosha in the wake of a shooting of a black man by a city police officer Sunday.

“We are not sitting idly watching the destruction of our community,” Beth said in a statement circulated Tuesday evening. “We’re making every effort to make it stop, and I hope you will too.”

Beth also urged residents to “stay home tonight and abide by the curfew” declared for eastern Kenosha County.

Here is the full statement from Beth:

As we enter what will likely be another very challenging night in Kenosha County, I want the public to know that the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and our partners in law enforcement are doing our
utmost to protect our community during this unprecedented tlme of unrest. We are working alongside members of the Kenosha Police Department and law enforcement departments from across Wisconsin, as well as state and federal authorities and the Wisconsin National Guard, in a concerted attempt to minimize the spread of the destructive behavior that has plagued us since Sunday night. People are frustrated, I get it. And they’re scared. I certainly get that, too. Rumors abound on social media and elsewhere, with widely varying levels of truth to them. We know that much of the damage is being inflicted by people coming in from outside our community, with the intent to rob and destroy, not to engage in their First Amendment right to demonstrate. The best thing our residents can do to stay safe is to stay home tonight and abide by the curfew that will be in effect from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. tomorrow. lf you want to protest peacefully, by all means go out and do it. lt’s your right. But don’t be a part of this destructive force that’s burning our community. That’s not a productive path to justice. And know that we are working actively to continue marshaling the resources we need to bring this disruption under control. Just today, our county executive, Jim Kreuser, and our mayor, John Antaramian, worked with the governor to bring more National Guard troops to Kenosha tonight and in the coming days. And we are working to bring in help from federal authorities as quickly as possible. We are not sitting idly watching the destruction of our community. We’re making every effort to make it stop, and I hope you will too.

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