Independent journalist Tim Pool decided to pull out of Milwaukee, having concluded that the city has become too dangerous for white people. In a YouTube video, Pool said “For those that are perceivably white, it is just not safe to be here … that’s why I’m deciding to leave.”
 
Pool has won awards for his reporting, having become notable for his coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Chicago back in 2011. He told his fans that despite being of “mixed” Korean and white ancestry, he said he was in danger once the riots of August 13-14 declined from a protest over the shooting death of an armed black man at the hands of police officer to a situation where blacks were hunting down whites for beatdowns.
 
Pool said that witnessing a close call was the decisive factor for him. He saw an 18-year-old “white kid” who had been “shot in the neck” while black rioters called for whites to be targeted. Media reports show that a black man was seen coming to the white male’s side to assist him, while police took him away in an armored vehicle to safety.
 
Amateur video showed a white woman in a car being assaulted by black rioters
 
Speaking to the ugly mood in the crowd, Pool said “These locals are angry and they’re angry for a reason.” 
 
“But things started to get really tense later in the night when people started screaming ‘f**k white people,’ ‘white people suck.'” 
 
Reporter Pool described several instances where rioters called on others to attack whites and reporters. The Milwaukee Sentinel, for example, pulled out its reporters. At least one reporter was attacked and knocked down. 
 
Pool stressed that he understood why protesters were angry over the shooting of the 23-year-old Sylville Smith – the 23-year-old armed black man who was shot to death by a black cop. Mayor Mike Barrett said that video taken by the officer’s bodycam shows that the subject was armed and pointed his pistol at the officer before being felled by the officer’s gunfire. He said it “isn’t every protester” who participated or called for violence, but he is leaving the city nonetheless. “For those that are perceivably white, it is just not safe to be here. And that’s why I’m deciding to leave,” he said.
 
Alluding to his ethnic background, Pool said, “For those that are wondering, I’m actually Korean.”
 
He continued, “I’m mixed [race], but, you know, most people down here, you know, when I was covering this didn’t, they don’t make that conclusion, they just looked at me and they start saying things about white people … but when you hear a group directing their anger and hate towards white people, and seeing several white people be attacked, and then finally an 18-year-old white kid is shot in the neck, that’s when I’m like, ‘OK, I shouldn’t be here,’ right?”
 
Riots commenced on the evening of August 13, hours after Smith was felled by an officer’s bullets. Tensions were already high in the Sherman Park neighborhood, which is largely African American, after criminal shootings overnight on June 12-13 that left five people dead. Under the cover of darkness, incendiaries burned down a BP filling station while chanting “black power!” Several other businesses were destroyed.
 
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has vowed to maintain order. In a press conference, Clarke blamed “failed liberal urban policies” and poor schools for creating the flammable environment that was incited by the shooting of Smith.
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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