Nationwide protests evolve for racial justice

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KENOSHA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Protesters demanding racial justice for Jacob Blake are back on the streets. The demonstrators peacefully marching in several cities across the nation. Fox News Garrett Tenney has more from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The call for racial justice is growing louder a week after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Tensions remain high over the shooting in Kenosha, with protesters flooding the streets every night.

“We’re no longer requesting change. We’re demanding change,” said one of the protesters.

Blake is a 29-year old black man. He’s recovering from multiple injuries in a Milwaukee hospital from a white police officer shot him seven times in the back. Blake’s family says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

The incident happened after Kenosha Police Officers responded to a domestic dispute. The officers tried to take Blake into custody when they arrived at the scene. State investigators say the officer opened fire when Blake tried to get inside a car.

Police say he was uncooperative and investigators found a knife in the floorboard of the car.

Justin Blake, Jacob Blake’s uncle said, “There was no weapon involved. They’re trying to use that as a shield for the mis-actions and misconduct of a rogue police officer.”

The shooting captured on video by a bystander appears to show Blake walking around the front of a parked SUV, and the officers following him with their guns drawn. The shooting set off a series of protests and violence, including the killing of two people by an armed civilian on Tuesday.

On Saturday, during a visit to parts of Texas impacted by Hurricane Laura, President Trump weighed in on the recent unrest in Kenosha.

“We sent in the National Guard and within a few minutes of the guard, everybody cleared out and it became safe,” said President Trump.

President Trump will travel to Kenosha on Tuesday to survey damage and meet with law enforcement. As of Sunday, Jacob Blake’s family says there are no plans to meet with the president during his visit.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, I’m Garrett Tenney, Fox News.

Governor Evers is asking Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to visit Kenosha on Tuesday.

In a press release, Governor Evers says the state has had to face “unimaginable challenges” the past few months, with this week in particular being especially difficult.

Evers says he is concerned President Trump’s presence could cause more divisiveness. Evers also says he is concerned a visit from President Trump would require a “massive re-direction” of resources that should be focused towards supporting the Kenosha community.

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