The effort was launched after a Neighborhood Watch meeting held in the wake of violence that ensued largely in the city’s Downtown and Uptown districts after the police shooting Aug. 23 of Jacob Blake.
“We had a neighborhood Watch meeting, about 20 of us assembled and talked about what we should do,” said Jason, who has lived in the neighborhood about 20 years.
Several ideas were thrown about and what was initially settled on was if sentrys (sic) in the neighborhood saw potential trouble, they would drive through the subdivision and honk their horns so residents would know something was happening.
The decision to arm came afterwards.
“A lot of us are veterans (both men said they served in the Marines), some are former cops, so we’re comfortable (handling firearms),” Jason said. “We’re simply doing nothing more than protecting the subdivision.”
– Pete Wicklund in Armed neighborhood watch group forms to protect Kenosha subdivision