President Donald Trump consigns federal law enforcement to Wisconsin to subdue the unrest

President Donald Trump consigns federal law enforcement to Wisconsin to subdue the unrest

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President Donald Trump consigns federal law enforcement to Wisconsin to subdue the unrest

The United States of America President, Donald Trump, says federal law enforcement will be sent to Kenosha, Wisconsin, following unrest sparked by the police shooting of a black man. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot and injured by police on Sunday as he leaned into his car as his children watched.

Protests have been ongoing for several nights, and on Tuesday, two people were shot dead and another was injured. A teenager has been charged with murder.Mr Blake is recovering in hospital and is conscious, his family say.

But his lawyers say it will take "a miracle" for him to walk again. The protests over Mr Blake's shooting have at times turned violent, causing damage to property.Tuesday night's incident was believed to have involved protesters against Mr Blake's shooting and armed men guarding a petrol station.

Hours later, police in neighbouring Illinois said they arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of first-degree murder. Announcing his move in a tweet on Wednesday, Mr Trump said: "We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)."

Shortly following Mr Trump's tweet, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he had authorised 500 National Guard troops to support law enforcement efforts.

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Marshals as well as police across the state were already involved in efforts to quell the unrest.
What happened during the protests?

Hours after Mr Blake was shot on Sunday, hundreds rallied outside Kenosha's police headquarters. As the protests went on, cars were set alight, armed robberies were reported and a night-time curfew was eventually put in place.

National Guard troops were deployed on Monday. Protesters said police and troops used tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke bombs.

Media captionJacob Blake's sister: 'I have been watching police murder people that look like me for years'. On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters marched through the city. A small group threw fireworks and water bottles at police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association told the BBC individuals and groups were exercising their own form of vigilantism because law enforcement was spread very thin across the city.

On social media, footage showed a man with a rifle being chased by a crowd before he fell to the ground and appeared to fire multiple rounds at them. Other video shows armed civilians, many dressed in military fatigues, congregating outside businesses they said they were protecting.
What's the reaction?

Mayor Antaramian told reporters on Wednesday: "I am here today basically to, number one, inform everyone that we are not planning on letting this violence continue.

"Number two, we are going to work together to resolve the racial issues in our community, and we are going to make that work."

On Tuesday, Mr Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, said that her son had been "fighting for his life", but said if he "knew what was going on as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased".

Protests have also spread to a number of other cities, including Portland, Oregon and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in May sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the US and globally.

The Toronto Raptors basketball team, who won last year's NBA championship, have discussed potentially boycotting an upcoming conference semifinal game in response to Mr Blake's shooting.

Player Norman Powell said the situation had gotten to a point where just saying "Black Lives Matter" was not enough.

"I think everybody's at the point of sitting up here and saying 'Black Lives Matter' and sitting up having discussions and Zoom calls... That's not getting the job done. Taking a knee for the anthem, that's not getting the job done."
                                     
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