Jacob Blake's father 'will not play politics'


The father of black man Jacob Blake, who was shot dead by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, refused to "do politics with my son's life" when President Donald Trump later visited the city.

Jacob Blake's father 'will not play politics'


Jacob Blake Sr.'s son was paralyzed’ after being shot by an officer and it is unclear if he will be able to walk again.

Firing has sparked violent protests in Kenosha and other US cities.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump will meet with officials at protest sites in Kenosha.

Prior to the trip, President Trump told a news conference he would not meet with Mr. Blake's family because he wanted lawyers to be present.

Mr. Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr., told CNN that his son's life was more important than meeting President Trump.

"I'm not getting into politics. It's all about my son. It has nothing to do with photos," he said.

Local officials have urged Mr. Trump not to visit Kenosha, fearing that his presence in the city could revive peaceful protests that have calmed down in recent days.

But Mr. Trump has rejected his pleas, accusing Democratic mayors and governors of failing to deal with the violence. President Trump has made law and order a key part of his bid to win a second term in office on November 3.

Large-scale protests against racism and police brutality have erupted in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year over the death in police custody of another black man, George Floyd, in May.

What did Blake's father say?

"It's not politics. It's about my son's life," Mr. Blake Sr. told CNN about Mr. Trump's trip to Kenosha.

Mr. Blake Sr. said his son was still paralyzed’ from the waist down, "holding on dear life".

Her 29-year-old son was shot’ several times in the back by a police officer as he entered a car where his three children were sitting.

Mr. Blake Sr. said: "We're dealing with a guy who was hanging out with guys a few weeks ago and was talking to me on the phone and laughing at a guy who was moving his leg. Couldn't give. "

The officer involved in the August 23 shooting, identified as Rusten Sheskey, has been placed’ on administrative leave while an investigation is under way.

Mr. Blake Sr. said he had received "some threats" since his son's shooting.

Asked how his family was coping, Mr. Blake Sr. said he had to take his second son, 20, to hospital because he was depressed.

The father did not elaborate, but added: "It's a pity I don't understand how people are pressuring this family."

Why is Trump's visit to Kenosha controversial?

Local leaders have objected to Mr. Trump's visit, fearing it could escalate tensions.

State Governor Democrat Tony Evers has urged Mr. Trump to reconsider, warning that his presence would be an "obstacle to our treatment" and argued that the town's citizens are already shocked. Are suffering from

"I, along with other community leaders who have reached out, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kinshasa and our state," Mr. Evers wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump.

The White House said the president is expected’ to visit law enforcement and "property affected by the recent riots."

Mr. Trump has also backed a teenage supporter accused of shooting two young men during Mr. Blake's shooting protests in Kenosha last week.

He told the teenager that 17-year-old Kill Rittenhouse was working in his defense, telling reporters: "I think he was in big trouble, maybe he would have been killed."

What happened in Portland?
Portland, Oregon, has been a hotbed of protests since Mr. Floyd's death, and police have regularly confronted left-wing protesters for the past three months.

According to the Associated Press, right-wing activist Aaron "Jay" Danielson, 39, was shot dead in the city on Saturday night as he was seen guarding a convoy of Trump supporters. Was in the Associated Press reports.

Clashes have been reported’ between Trump supporters and Black Leaves Meter protesters.

The founder of the right-wing group, Patriot Prairie, identified Mr. Danielson as a supporter.

Mr. Trump tweeted: "Relax, Jay!"

Media reports say a self-proclaimed anti-fascist is investigating Saturday's deadly shooting.

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