Blake Family Holds Community Event During Trump Visit To Kenosha

Sep 2, 2020

President Trump visited Kenosha on Tuesday and surveyed the damage to businesses that resulted in unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Trump also held a roundtable discussion with business leaders and law enforcement officials and said the federal government will help the community recover. Trump says his administration will provide $1 million to local law enforcement and $4 million to small businesses.  

“This is going to heal very quickly," Trump said. "We’re going to help them from an economic standpoint, and we are going to make a contribution to your law and to what we call law and order. Some people think those are two terrible words, law and order, and they’re not terrible at all.”

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Members of the media swarm Jacob Blake's uncle, Justin Blake, at the event.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

While the president was speaking, the family of Jacob Blake held a community event designed to help the city heal. It was held in front of the house where Blake was shot, and featured a cookout, voter registration and free haircuts. Jacob Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, called on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to do something about racial inequality if elected.

“We want legislation, we want bills and we want laws that are going to address and help African Americans around the world and specifically the nation that we live in,” Justin Blake said.

He also called for an indictment of the officer who shot his nephew.