Seattle activists who drove to Kenosha, Wisconsin were arrested as they filled up multiple gas cans. What was that about?
Police were called when they learned that a black school bus, a minivan, and a food truck had met in a Kenosha parking lot – all had out of state plates. Police followed them and arrested them after seeing them fill up multiple gas cans at a local gas station. The group claimed that they were “just there to feed people,” and were “kidnapped by police.”
Riot Kitchen HQ just learned that our bus crew was arrested in broad daylight in #Kenosha today – kidnapped by feds in unmarked vans.
We are currently trying to find our friends who were just there to feed people.
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— riotkitchen206 (@riotkitchen206) August 27, 2020
The New York Post reported,
In a statement Thursday, Kenosha police said they got a tip from a citizen regarding “several suspicious vehicles” with out-of-state plates that met in a remote lot Wednesday.
Kenosha police, with assistance from the US Marshals Service, then located the vehicles, identified by the department as a black school bus, a food truck and a minivan, before following them to the gas station.
“Police observed the occupants of the black bus and bread truck exit and attempt to fill multiple fuel cans,” police said in the statement. “Suspecting that the occupants of these vehicles were preparing for criminal activity related to the civil unrest, officers attempted to make contact and investigate.”
The officers then exited their vehicles and identified themselves before detaining people inside the bus and food truck, police said.
The minivan attempted to drive away; however, Kenosha Police stopped the vehicle and ultimately forced entry to the minivan and arrested the occupants,” police said.
Helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks and “suspected controlled substances” were found inside the two vehicles. In all, 9 people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, police said.
The group “Riot Kitchen” maintained that they were not coming to Wisconsin to do anything illegal. The presence of helmets, gas masks, vests, illegal fireworks, and “controlled substances” brings that claim into question. (Note: Police in many cities that have had extreme vandalism to their vehicles have taken to using unmarked vehicles.)
The activists say police didn’t identify themselves, the police say they did. ‘He said, she said.’ Guess we’ll see who told the truth. Some of the group members were still in custody as of Thursday.
Featured photo: Screenshot of Riot Kitchen video via Clash Daily