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Founder of Lake County Black Lives Matter chapter charged with felony in Kenosha civil unrest

The activist and founder of the Lake County Black Lives Matter chapter has been charged for allegedly threatening an officer and kicking a police station door during the August civil unrest in Kenosha.

Clyde J. McLemore, 62, of the 2100 block of Bethesda Boulevard in Zion, was charged with one count of attempted battery or threat to a law enforcement officer and one count of disorderly conduct.

The charges were filed in Kenosha County, Wisconsin court on Friday and cite that the incident occurred on August 24.

A criminal complaint alleges McLemore posted on his Facebook page and said he “was mad enough to try to break the officer’s fingers.”

He also posted a photo and video of himself showing him kicking the door of the Kenosha Public Safety Building, located at 1000 55th Street, the complaint said.

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Clyde McLemore. | Photo via Facebook.

The incident happened during a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake as a press conference was set to begin outside the Public Safety building.

The criminal complaint said a hostile crowd had formed and people were yelling, acting in a threatening manner and throwing objects at officers.

McLemore was seen in the video running toward a door, which had just been closed by a police officer, followed by a loud bang, which prosecutors said was consistent with McLemore kicking the door.

McLemore allegedly then made the comment about trying to break the officer’s hands as he was trying to close the door.

“Instead of filing criminal charges against the officer that attempted to murder Jacob Blake, Kenosha County Government District Attorney Michael Graveley chose to go after me for kicking a door. It’s sad to see in America that a Door is more important than the life of a Black man or woman,” McLemore said in a social media post on Friday.

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If convicted, McLemore could face up to three years in prison. An arrest warrant has been issued and the man is not in custody yet.