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WATCH: Rioters Attack Elderly Man Who Tried To Stop Store From Burning Down During Black Lives Matter Riots

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KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 25: A fire extinguisher sits among the rubble of an office furniture store that was torched the previous evening during another night of unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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An elderly man was brutally attacked during a Black Lives Matter riot last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after he tried to stop a mattress store from being burned to the ground.

“The man in his 70s was hurt while trying to stop people from burning the building down, but fire leveled the building and the longtime owners are angry and emotional,” FOX6 News reported. “The man being attacked was caught on camera. FOX6 News reached out to Kenosha police for information on arrests and the investigation, but haven’t heard back.”

Pamela Moniz and her husband, Keith McCoy, told Fox 6 News that the man was “trying to chase them off with a fire extinguisher.”

“They broke his jaw,” she said. “Lacerations to his head. I can’t wrap my head around the scene right now. I don’t think anyone from Kenosha was responsible for this.”

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The damage that the city has experienced has been significant as stores, restaurants, car dealerships, and a church have been destroyed.

Spectrum Bay News 9 reported:

Many businesses — The Good Time Ice Cream Shoppe, Uptown Restaurant, a Mexican grocery store — caught fire, leaving a gutted, blackened shell the next morning. At least one of the buildings left in ruins had half a dozen rented apartments, its residents now forced out of their destroyed homes.

Smoke was still billowing from the Uptown Beauty salon Tuesday mid-morning. Onlookers gathered behind yellow police tape to watch Kenosha firefighters blast it with a steady stream of water from the truck hose.

The Danish Brotherhood Lodge, a cornerstone of Kenosha’s community since 1892 when the fraternal society was formed by the city’s Danish immigrants, was burned to the ground.

Wisconsin Democrat Governor Tony Evers deployed the national guard but, according to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, he did not deploy enough and law enforcement wanted more.

“I got a call today from congressman who represents that district, and from Senator Johnson as well, really just pleading for help, saying that the local sheriff and the mayor and police chief need some additional assistance,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said. “I got on the phone right away and offered assistance in the form of additional National Guard help.”

Meadows added, “The president was on the phone with the governor today … we have National Guard standing by, and if the general for the National Guard [in Kenosha] needs additional help, we’re there to do it, but today, that request was denied by the governor.”

President Donald Trump even tweeted out about on Tuesday evening: “Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!”

This report has been updated to include additional information.

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