At the weekend, US President Donald Trump announced that he would visit the city in the US state of Wisconsin, which has been shaken by protests. Governor Tony Evers doesn’t think that’s a good idea.
- In the United States, police shot an African American seven times in the back.
- The police operation was recorded on video and sparked protests across the country.
- US President Donald Trump wants to visit the city shaken by protests, but the governor advises against it.
The governor of the US state of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, has called on President Donald Trump to cancel his visit to the protest-ridden city of Kenosha. “I am concerned that your presence will only hinder our healing,” Evers wrote in a letter published on Monday night. He also feared that a visit would require Trump’s resources to be diverted that would be needed to ensure the safety of the population.
A week ago in Kenosha a police officer shot the 29-year-old black American Jacob Blake seven times in the back. A video of the incident shows Blake approaching a car in front of it, while two police officers follow him with guns drawn. When Blake opens the driver’s door and leans in, one of the cops grabs his shirt and shoots. The video sparked a lot of outrage in the United States.
Trump wants to restore order
Protests broke out in Kenosha after the shooting, which included violence with burning buildings and cars for two nights in a row. On the third night, a 17-year-old who tried to patrol the streets as an armed civilian shot dead two people and injured another. The shots were recorded on video by eyewitnesses. The 17-year-old has been charged with two murders, his lawyer speaks of self-defense.
In the past few days, Trump had emphasized that order had to be quickly restored in the city. At the weekend the White House announced that the president would fly to Kenosha on Tuesday. He wanted to meet with security authorities and get an idea of the damage after the violent protests, said a spokesman. A lawyer Blakes said on the broadcaster CBS that his family had not yet received an interview with Trump.
(SDA / chk)