(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The Kenosha Parks Comission of Kenosha, Wisconson, is considering the planting of a memorial tree for Anthony Huber, one of the men Kyle Rittenhouse shot during the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, Big League Politics reported.
Huber was shown chasing Rittenhouse on video before attempting to attack him, and was then killed in self defense.
The parks proposal was brought forward by members of the public, and met some opposition by other townspeople who said it would be inappropriate to honor a man who died while trying to incite violence.
The parks commission did not take action on the proposal, and tabled the topic until its next meeting. Members of the public have been encouraged to submit their feedback on the proposal via an online survey.
Hannah Gittings, who was Huber’s girlfriend, said she was surprised by the proposal but appreciated it.
“I think it would be good for people to have a place to go and reflect on what happened,” Gittings said. “And I think it would also be good for some healing in the community.”
Alderman Eric Haugaard voted to table the proposal due to an ongoing lawsuit between the city and Huber’s family, according to Fox News.
Former Kenosha alderman and investigative journalist Kevin Mathewson is worried that the commission is continuing to table the controversial proposal until attention it drops so they can pass it quietly.
Mathewson has described the commissioners as “toe-the-line, card-carrying Democrats who want to appeal to their districts.”
“I think those five members want the tree and the plaque to go up, but they don’t want the ramifications from the voters,” said Mathewson.
“It’s unprecedented what happened to our city a couple of summers ago,” Mathewson continued. “And to memorialize a man who lived a life of violence and crime, and who was one of the ones contributing to the rioting and looting is just unfathomable.”
“It was offensive to the city of Kenosha taxpayers even to consider it, in my opinion,” he added.