Washington DC, Aug 29 (efe-epa).- United States President Donald Trump will travel on Tuesday to the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid protests calling for justice for African-American Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed after police shot him seven times ago nearly a week ago.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere announced on Saturday night that Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday to “meet with law enforcement and survey damage from recent protests.”
After almost a week of silence, Trump addressed the attack on Blake for the first time on Friday night.
The police shooting of Jacob Blake, which was recorded by a bystander, quickly quickly spread across social media.
“It was not a good sight. I didn’t like the sight of it, certainly, and I think most people would agree with that,” Trump told reporters on Friday after a rally in New Hampshire.
“I’m looking into it very strongly. I’ll be getting reports and I’ll certainly let you know pretty soon,” he added.
Hundreds of people returned to the streets of Kenosha, chanting “Seven bullets, seven days” in reference to the number of times Blake was shot on Aug. 23.
The march came at a time of renewed anger against the Kenosha police department as on Friday, the union representing the department offered its own version of the moments leading up to the assault.
According to the union, Blake was armed with a knife and “fought forcefully” with the officers when they tried to arrest him and even put one of the police officials in a headlock, which Blake’s family strongly denies.
So far, the information about what happened comes from a video recorded by a bystander, in which one can see an official trying to arrest Blake, who ignored the orders and tried to get into his car, at which point the police official shot him seven times in the back.
This week, a second video was released showing a brief confrontation between Blake and the two officials involved in the incident but it does not support the police union’s accusations.
Kenosha police say they tried to arrest Blake after receiving a call from a woman reporting that he had violated a restraining order.
According to Blake’s lawyer, his three children were in the car at the time he was shot by the police. EFE-EPA