Saturday, August 29, 2020

Kenosha updates: Trump to visit on Tuesday; rally speaker strays from peaceful message, says 'it's time for us to kill one of yours'

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Journal Sentinel reporters are covering the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back multiple times by Kenosha police, and the shooting deaths of two men during subsequent protests in the city.
Check back for updates as stories continues to develop.
Previous updates:Aug. 28's live coverage

8:15 p.m.: Trump to visit Kenosha on Tuesday

President Donald Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday after the city has gone three nights without any unrest, according to a White House pool report.
The announcement comes a day after Trump addressed the Kenosha Police Department’s shooting of Jacob Blake for the first time.
After a rally in New Hampshire on Friday, Trump said of the shooing: “It was not a good sight. I didn’t like the sight of it, certainly, and I think most people would agree with that,” according to CNN.
Trump referenced Kenosha during the Republican National Convention but did not make specific remarks about the shooting that left Blake, 29, paralyzed from the waist down after being shot seven times in the back at point-blank range by Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey on Aug. 23.
During a press conference Saturday, Trump was asked if he would visit the city and he said “probably so,” because of the presence of National Guard troops.
“With Kenosha it’s been in very, very good shape from the moment they set foot in that area,” he said.
National Guard troops first arrived in Kenosha on Monday, but unrest persisted in the city the following two nights. On Tuesday night, two people were fatally shot and a third was injured. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Ill., has been charged in connection to the killings.
When asked about that shooting Saturday, Trump said he would comment on it in 24 to 48 hours after receiving more information.
Since Tuesday’s shooting, the number of National Guard troops has swelled to more than a thousand, with others from the states of Michigan, Alabama and Arizona on the way, according to Major General Paul Knapp.
- Elliot Hughes

8 p.m.: Kenosha speaker strays from message, says "it's time for us to kill one of yours."

Saturday's peaceful march through Kenosha concluded with a variety of speakers calling for justice and peaceful resolutions after Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a police officer Aug. 23.
But one of the last speakers given the microphone, who was not identified, had a more aggressive message: "If you kill one of ours, it’s time for us to kill one of yours. I know everybody don’t want to hear that. But (expletive), why are we the ones who have to keep burying ours and got to keep clean for you to see us as being human? We ain't never did nothing to nobody.”
The remarks were met with a muted response from the crowd, which numbered in the thousands. 
Earlier speakers included members of Blake's family, state officials and local leaders, who encouraged the crowd to demand justice and accountability from officials and to vote.
Blake's father, also named Jacob Blake, called for civility: 
“If we tear it up, we have nothing,” Blake Sr. said. “I don’t want you all to be homeless. I don’t want you to be store-less. I don’t want you not to be able to buy your sons, daughters and grandbabies the food and the milk that they need ... show them for one night, we don’t have to tear up nothing.”

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.: Thousands march in Kenosha with Blake family, state leaders

Thousands of people gathered in Kenosha on Saturday to march down Sheridan Road towards the county courthouse, where protests have centered for much of the last week.
The march included speeches from the sister and father of Jacob Blake, 29, who was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha place on Aug. 23. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes also addressed the crowd.
Speaking from a microphone outside the courthouse, Blake's father, also named Jacob Blake, asked the Kenosha Police Department, "What gives you the right to treat my son like an animal?"
He implored the crowd to stay peaceful after the rally and to also vote in the upcoming November election.
“We’re going to make legislation happen because that’s all that they recognize.”
- Elliot Hughes

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