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Anger over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Aug. 23 continues to spill into the streets of Kenosha, Wis. On Aug. 25, an Illinois teenager allegedly shot and killed two protesters and severely injured another. The city has become the nation's latest flashpoint during a summer of unrest and calls for racial justice.

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The Wisconsin state Legislature is scheduled to officially convene Monday for a special session on police training requirements and policy standards. But GOP lawmakers aren't expected to be present, nor are any debates or votes expected to happen.

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President Donald Trump is set to visit Kenosha Tuesday to meet with law enforcement and to survey damage, after a week of sometimes destructive — and in one case, deadly — protests against police brutality.

But Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is urging Trump to reconsider— saying Kenosha needs calm right now, instead of more division.

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A man was fatally shot during a night of confrontations between Trump supporters and counterprotesters in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, the latest high-profile incident in a city that has seen nightly demonstrations for three consecutive months. On Sunday, city leaders denounced the violence while President Trump criticized their ability to contain it.

President Trump will travel to Kenosha, Wis. on Tuesday to survey the damage from last week's protests in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake. But the city's Democratic mayor, John Antaramian, would rather he didn't.

"Realistically, from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time," Antaramian told NPR's Weekend Edition on Sunday. "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."

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People gathered in Kenosha continue to demand justice in the police shooting of Jacob Blake that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Chants of "No Justice, No Peace" and "Say His Name: Jacob Blake" echoed through the streets of downtown Kenosha Saturday as protesters once again rallied to Civic Center Park, across the street from a fenced off Kenosha County Courthouse where armed guards stood.

Blake’s family led the rally seeking justice for him and for the two men who were killed Tuesday by an armed 17-year-old during a night of protesting.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is overseeing the investigation into the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed after he was shot seven times in front of his three kids by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis.

Until recently, it was common practice that any time an officer fired a gun, the police department conducted the investigation. In 2014, Wisconsin became the first state to end that process – one that has led to accusations of conflicts of interest and police cover-ups.

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Kaiden Schmidt is a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in physics. After the killing of George Floyd, he’s been hitting the streets, protesting for racial equity. Schmidt says it's his responsibility as a citizen of this country to do so. On Wednesday evening in Kenosha, he fled on foot from men in unmarked vehicles making arrests.

Schmidt says he met up with other protesters at a park. One of the protesters was Adelana Akindes, a 25-year-old environmental studies student at UW-Parkside and a member of Students for a Democratic Society.

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The Kenosha police union on Friday offered the most detailed accounting to date on officers' perspective of the moments leading up to police shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back, saying he had a knife and fought with officers, putting one of them in a headlock and shrugging off two attempts to stun him.

The statement from Brendan Matthews, attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association, goes into more detail than anything that's been released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is investigating.

Minds are made up about Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old gunman charged in the killing of two protesters in Kenosha, Wis. Graphic amateur video of the chaotic scene and early reports from authorities tell a partial story, and politics fills in the blanks.

The NBA and its players union announced a plan to use arenas as polling places in the upcoming election as part of an agreement to resume playoff games on Saturday.

The deal comes after three games were postponed Wednesday, sparked by the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to play their scheduled game against the Orlando Magic. The players staged the walkout in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis. Thursday's games were also postponed.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is continuing to investigate the police shooting of Jacob Blake days after he was shot seven times in front of his three sons by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis. He was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Sunday's shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, inflamed racial tensions within the city and provoked deadly protests. It has also brought to the forefront the racial and economic divide in this growing bedroom community that sits along Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee.

James Hall, interim president and CEO of the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, said years of Black oppression led to this moment in his city.

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Over the last week, the national spotlight has been on Kenosha, Wis. Demonstrations began there after Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey.

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The city of Kenosha is in the national spotlight after Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a police officer. Since then, the city has seen nightly protests, buildings set on fire, tear gas and two protesters shot to death. 

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A diverse group of Kenosha churches gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday night at Harbor Park in Kenosha’s downtown. The churches billed it as an expression of solidarity to pray for an end to the turmoil of recent days.

The unrest started after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times on Sunday, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Protests ensued, and so did widespread arson and vandalism.

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Law enforcement officials in Kenosha, Wis., are pushing back on suggestions that police showed deference to white vigilantes at Black Lives Matter protests following the fatal shooting last Tuesday of two demonstrators, allegedly by a an armed teen.

At a Friday afternoon news conference, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said that the failure of authorities to stop the shooting suspect, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who was seen carrying an AR-15-style rifle prior to the shooting, did not show a lapse in judgement.

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For five consecutive days, people have taken to the streets in Kenosha to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer. Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back seven times. His family says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

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Milwaukee activists and about 50 marchers started a journey to Washington D.C. — on foot — at the beginning of August. The group arrived Friday, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream" speech delivered during the March on Washington in 1963.  

But their journey has been met with some resistance.  

Kenosha Shooting Strains Tie Between Black Residents, Police

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Until the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the bedroom community of Kenosha had been largely untouched by the level of demonstrations that were seen in nearby Milwaukee and Chicago after the death of George Floyd.

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Thousands of demonstrators braved sweltering temperatures in the nation's capital on Friday to demand an overhaul of the country's criminal justice system and push for racial equality.

The event, called the Commitment March, was held at the Lincoln Memorial, the same site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called for those same reforms decades ago in his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Anger over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, continues to spill into the streets of Kenosha, Wis. On Tuesday evening, an Illinois teenager allegedly shot and killed two protesters and severely injured another. The city has become the nation's latest flashpoint during a summer of unrest and calls for racial justice.

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump has represented the families of some of the recent victims of police brutality, including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and now, Jacob Blake.

Blake, a black man shot multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wis., this week, is currently paralyzed from the waist down and in stable condition in intensive care, according to Crump.

Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager accused of shooting and killing protesters in Kenosha, Wis., has been charged with six criminal counts including felony charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

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Civil rights icon Jesse Jackson added his voice Thursday to the chorus calling for change in Kenosha.

Jackson spoke at a press conference with Wisconsin NAACP leaders and local officials. Against a backdrop of boarded up businesses and burned cars, Jackson condemned the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha officer. Blake was seriously injured but survived.

“Shot in the back seven times,” Jackson said. “In front of his children. No justification.”

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Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, is facing charges for fatally shooting two people and injuring another during protests in Kenosha. Rittenhouse, who's from Illinois, was one of several people openly carrying a weapon as protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake turned to unrest late Tuesday night.

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Midday on Wednesday, Kenosha-area officials held a news conference to address the fatal shootings Tuesday night and the arson and vandalism that sprouted up in the city over the past few days.

“Violence in the community is not acceptable. Violence to property, violence to people, absolutely unacceptable. And it is up to us to make sure that that does not continue,” says Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian.

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