One killed during protests as Trump plans to visit city where police shot Jacob Blake

Donald Trump will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin – the city that has seen unrest since a white police officer shot a black man in the back – on Tuesday, a White House official has said.

Jacob Blake, 29, was left paralysed from the waist down following the shooting last Sunday. He remains in hospital heavily sedated but has regained consciousness, his father has said.

Meanwhile, police in Portland, Oregon, said a person was shot dead during clashes between supporters of Mr Trump and counter-protesters.

It is not clear if the attack was linked to fights that broke out as a convoy of about 600 vehicles was confronted by demonstrators in the city.

Donald Trump says he will go to Kenosha

Trump says he will ‘probably go’ to Kenosha

Mr Trump revealed he would probably visit Kenosha during a visit to hurricane-ravaged parts of Louisiana and Texas on Saturday.

It was later confirmed by a White House official, who said the US president will meet police officers and assess damage in the city when he visits.

A woman is arrested outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse in defiance of the city-wide curfew on August 29, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Image:Protests continue in Kenosha following the shooting of Jacob Blake on 23 August

Every night since Mr Blake’s shooting, protesters have marched in Kenosha with some demonstrations turning violent resulting in buildings and vehicles being damaged and set on fire.

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On Tuesday, two protesters were shot dead after a teenager opened fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.

Jacob Blake, a black man shot by police in Wisconsin. Pic: Ben Crump
Image:Jacob Blake was shot in the back by police in Wisconsin. Pic: Ben Crump

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, from Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with first-degree murder and a host of other offences.

A state of emergency was declared and more than 1,000 members of the National Guard have been deployed to help keep the peace.

Meanwhile, about 1,000 people joined a mile-long march in Kenosha on Saturday night, chanting “Black Lives Matter”, “No Justice, No Peace” and “seven bullets, seven days” – a reference to the number of times Mr Blake was shot.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 25: As tear gas fills the air, demonstrators confront police in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse during a third night of unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rioting as well as clashes between police and protesters began Sunday night after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back in front of his three children. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Image:Demonstrators confront police in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse on 25 August

During the rally Mr Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Snr, gave an impassioned call for changing a system he described as fostering police brutality and racial inequalities.

“There were seven bullets put in my son’s back… hell yeah, I’m mad,” he said.

“What gave them [the police] the right to attempt murder on my child? What gave them the right to think that my son was an animal? What gave them the right to take something that was not theirs? I’m tired of this.”

Mr Blake Snr told reporters that his son remains heavily sedated in hospital but has regained consciousness.

“He’s in a lot of pain,” he said.

“I just wish I could pick my baby up and make it all right.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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