Donald Trump to visit Kenosha amid unrest

Donald Trump to visit Kenosha amid unrest
The White House did not confirm if Trump will meet Jacob Blake's family. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump is to visit Kenosha, the city in Wisconsin which has seen widespread unrest since a black man Jacob Blake was shot in the back and seriously injured by a policeman.

The White House said Mr Trump will travel to Kenosha on Tuesday.

The president will meet with the city’s law enforcement and assess the damage from the recent protests.

Jacob Blake was paralysed after being shot seven times by an officer and it is not clear if he would ever walk again.

The shooting sparked sometimes violent demonstrations in the city of Kenosha and in other cities across the US.

The year had already seen widespread protests against police brutality and racism over the death of another black man, George Floyd in police custody.

What do we know about Trump’s visit?

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the president will meet with local police and “survey damage from recent riots”.

Asked if the president would meet the family of Mr Blake, Mr Deere said the schedule of the visit had yet to be confirmed.

Mr Trump has said little directly about last Sunday’s shooting.

On Friday, when being asked if he thought the officer who shot Mr Blake should be charged, the president said: “Well I’m looking into it very strongly. I’ll be getting reports,” adding that he “didn’t like the sight of it”.

The US President has made law and order a key part of his bid for re-election this year.

In his speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) he condemned the “rioting, looting, arson and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities”, citing Kenosha and several others.

Wisconsin is a swing state that backed former President Barack Obama twice but was narrowly won by Donald Trump in 2016 by just over 20,000 votes.

What’s the latest in Kenosha?

On Saturday, around 1,000 people took to the streets of Kenosha, chanting “Black lives matter”.

Mr Blake’s father Jacob Blake Sr called for protesters to remain peaceful while calling for justice for his son.

He told the crowd: “Good people of this city understand. If we tear it up we have nothing. Stop it. Show them for one night we don’t have to tear up nothing.”

The Reuters news agency reported that more than 1,000 National Guard soldiers were in Kenosha, many from other states.

Meanwhile, lawyers for a 17-year-old boy charged with killing two people during the protest in Kenosha have said he will fight charges against him on the grounds of self-defence.

Kyle Rittenhouse had told journalists it was “his job” to guard buildings in Kenosha against protesters.

Videos went viral on social media appeared to show a man with a rifle being chased by a crowd before he fell to the ground and appeared to fire at them.

John Pierce, one of Rittenhouse’s lawyers, said on Twitter: “Kyle Rittenhouse stood up to protect his community and his country.”

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