Kenosha, WI – Two people were arrested in violent incidents in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse on Wednesday as the jury deliberated the fate of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse inside.
FOX News was filming on the front steps of the courthouse when an anti-Rittenhouse protester in a t-shirt that read “[F-K] Kyle” body slammed a reporter on Nov. 17.
The melee began after 20-year-old Anthony Chacon called a female Rittenhouse supporter a “meth head” while holding a sign with what he claimed was her jail mugshot photo with the words “EMILY CAHILL CONVICTED FELON POSSESSION METH AMMO HANDGUN,” the Cardinal News reported.
The woman yelled obscenities back at Chacon as video showed someone approached her from behind and tried to steal her posters.
Then Chacon threw his sign at the woman and a fight broke out, the Cardinal News reported.
That’s when Chacon punched a reporter and knocked him to the ground.
He also slapped several cameras before police arrested him, according to FOX News.
It turned out that Chacon was already wanted for bail jumping when he assaulted the reporter and others at the courthouse, FOX News reported.
Man wearing a “F— Kyle” shirt calls a woman a “cum dumpster” & hits her outside the #Kenosha courthouse. He then attacks another person & tries to cover his face and hits a photographer. #BLM #Rittenhouse. Video by @RebsBrannon: pic.twitter.com/3Bt1nmTtUw
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 17, 2021
Kenosha Sheriff’s Department Sergeant David Wright confirmed that Chacon was charged with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping, battery, resisting, and disorderly conduct.
Sgt. Wright said authorities also arrested 34-year-old Shaquita Cornelious on Nov. 17 on charges of resisting, disorderly conduct, and possession of marijuana, Wright added.
Cornelious is the co-chair of Black Lives Matter Lake County in Illinois.
Breaking: The second belligerent anti-#Rittenhouse protester arrested outside the #Kenosha courthouse is local #BLM leader, Shaquita Lashia Cornelious, who crossed state lines from Zion, Ill. She is the co-chair of BLM Lake County, IL. pic.twitter.com/4cSCdED7Jy
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 18, 2021
Cornelious was repeatedly told to move back by police officers and ignored their commands before she was taken into custody, according to Cardinal News.
Business owners experienced the horrifying Kenosha protests last year, some losing their business and unable to put food on the table. @BrianEntin is right outside of the courthouse, describing the atmosphere.#News #NewsNation #TheDonlonReport #JoeDonlon #RittenhouseTrial pic.twitter.com/4xM80Q07XD
— The Donlon Report (@TheDonlonReport) November 18, 2021
Video showed that protesters became outraged when the woman was taken to the ground and handcuffed.
Anti-Rittenhouse protester pours Gatorade on someone outside the courthouse.
Footage by: @BGOnTheScene
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 17, 2021
Protests outside of the #KyleRittenhouseTrial courthouse have been mostly peaceful today other than arguing, a woman having Gatorade poured on her, and two arrests.
— Breaking News – 24/7 (@24_7_Breaking) November 17, 2021
Sheriff’s deputies also escorted a man with a gun out of the crowd outside the courthouse on Nov. 17; however, he was not arrested.
— Mark Slapinski (@MarkSlapinski) November 18, 2021
General chaos continued outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on Thursday as jurors entered the third day of deliberations in the murder trial.
DAY AHEAD: Five schools in the Kenosha Unified School District are going virtual today because of the Rittenhouse jury deliberations and protests outside courthouse. @fox6wakeup pic.twitter.com/yv6ZAIG4pw
— Angelica Duria (@angelicaduria) November 18, 2021
Five nearby schools have switched to virtual learning for the remainder of the week because of the protests and expected upheaval when the verdict is announced.