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Thousands of protesters across the country are continuing to demand justice for Jacob Blake one week after he was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha Police Department officers.
On August 29, more than a thousand protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, made their way to the Kenosha County Courthouse to protest racial injustice and police brutality, Aljazeera reported.
“There were seven bullets put in my son’s back … Hell yeah, I’m mad,” Jacob’s father, Jacob Blake Sr. said to the crowd, according to the news outlet. “What gave them the right to attempted 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. I’m tired of this.”
In Minneapolis, hundreds of protestors gathered on August 30 to protest police violence against Black people and calling for the arrest of Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob in the back over a week ago. Jacob’s father previously told the Chicago Sun-Times that his 29-year-old son had “eight holes” in his body and that he was paralyzed from the waist down.
Trump defies Wisconsin Governor’s orders, declaring he will visit Kenosha
On August 31, President Donald Trump announced that he will still be traveling to Kenosha despite Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers asking him to “reconsider.”
“If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, Wisconsin, there would be no Kenosha right now. Also, there would have been great death and injury. I want to thank Law Enforcement and the National Guard. I will see you on Tuesday!” Trump tweeted.
Evers wrote in a letter to Trump that he is concerned the president’s visit “will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”
“It is our job as elected officials to lead by example and be a calming presence for the people we know are hurting, mourning, and trying to cope with trauma. Now is not the time for divisiveness. Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish,” Evers wrote in the letter obtained by WDJT.
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian also told NPR that Trump’s trip to Kenosha is not advised “at this point in time.”
“Realistically, from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time,” Antaramian told the news station. “All presidents are always welcome and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come.”
Evers announced on August 27 that Arizona, Michigan and Alabama will send National Guard troops as protests continue. Wisconsin National Guard troops were deployed in the city of Kenosha days after Jacob was shot.