Trump to visit Wisconsin city where police shot Jacob Blake in the back

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.

While visiting the hurricane-ravaged areas of Louisiana and Texas on Saturday, the US president told reporters that he probably would visit the city.

It was later confirmed by the White House official who said Mr Trump will meet law enforcement officials and assess damage in the city when he visits.

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

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 torched.

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, about 1,000 people joined a mile-long march in Kenosha on Saturday night, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace”.

During the rally Mr Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr, 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 Sr told reporters that his son remains heavily sedated in hospital but has regained consciousness.