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Kenosha residents fear Donald Trump visit will cause more unrest after riots and protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake - ABC News

A planned visit by US President Donald Trump to the Wisconsin town where a black man was shot seven times in the back by a police officer could stir up more violence, residents have warned.

Kenosha has been the scene of protests since Jacob Blake was shot by police who were responding to a call about a domestic dispute on August 23.

The protests turned deadly when 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly opened fire during clashes between demonstrators and armed groups of self-styled militia members, an incident which saw two protesters shot dead.

Demonstrators are calling for the officer who shot Mr Blake to be fired and face attempted murder charges.

Mr Trump is scheduled to visit the city on Tuesday, where he will inspect damage and meet with law enforcement.

Several residents told the Associated Press they were worried about the President's visit.

Diana Kreye, a 60-year-old resident of nearby Brighton, accused Mr Trump of exploiting the conflict.

"I don't like that this has all become political," she said.

Others doubt the President has any intention of closing divisions.

"He's not coming down here to heal," said David Sanchez, 66, a retiree who expects thousands of people to show up to protest against Mr Trump.

"He's coming to Kenosha to start more trouble. I don't care what he says."

Raymond Roberts, a 38-year-old data scientist and war veteran, said the visit was a political stunt.

"He has done nothing over the last three years to bring people together," he said.

"This is a bellwether county in a bellwether state. It's all about his re-election."

A large four wheel drive is in the foreground, a black man is in a singlet, and three police officers are behind him
Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police after they responded to a "domestic incident" on August 23.

However, there are people in Kenosha who believe Mr Trump's visit will help heal the wounds created over the past fortnight.

Angel Tirado, 42, believes Mr Trump's visit could help restore peace.

"I hope he says something that can calm us all down," Mr Tirado said.

"Maybe he'll bring us together."

Oscar Escobar, 41, owns a moving company and co-owns a bar.

He told the Associated Press he does not align with either Democrats or Republicans, and said it was good that Mr Trump planned to visit.

"I think it's a great thing for him to show that he cares about what's happening here in Kenosha and not turning his back on us and just leaving us alone," Mr Escobar said.

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The state's Governor and city's Mayor have both called on the President to cancel his visit.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers asked the President not to come to the city.

In a letter Mr Evers said the visit "will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together".

Mr Evers called a special session of the legislature for Monday to take up a host of police reform measures, but Republicans took no immediate action.

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian reiterated on Monday that he believed Mr Trump's visit was coming at the wrong time.

"I think that Kenosha, at this present time, needs peace and needs to heal and needs people to allow us to do that," he said.

Biden calls for rioters and looters to be prosecuted

A composite image of Joe Biden's face (left) and Donald Trump holding up a bible in front of a church.
Mr Trump and opponent Joe Biden have accused each other of stoking division and causing protests across the country.(AP/Reuters)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden used a recent speech in the battleground state Pennsylvania to hit back at assertions he is soft on crime.

"Ask yourself, do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?" Mr Biden said.

It was his most forceful counter yet to accusations by Mr Trump, who also accused leaders in the Democratic Party of losing control over the mass demonstrations that in some instances have turned violent.

"Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting," Mr Biden said.

"It's lawlessness, plain and simple, and those who do it should be prosecuted.

"This President long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country," Mr Biden added.

"He can't stop the violence because for years he has fomented it."

Flames engulf the Community Corrections Division building as an American flag flutters on a pole in Kenosha.
There have been protests and riots across the country, most recently in Kenosha, following the shooting of Mr Blake by police.(Reuters: Stephen Maturen)

Trump announces operation to investigate 'left-wing civil unrest'

Mr Trump announced a joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to investigate "left-wing civil unrest".

Hammering a "tough on crime" approach to curb violence in American cities gripped by protests, he said more than 200 people had been arrested across the country, including 100 in Portland, Oregon.

"In America, we will never surrender to mob rule, because if the mob rules, democracy is indeed dead," Mr Trump said.

During his speech, the President accused Mr Biden of giving "moral aid to vandals".

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US President Donald Trump says a joint operation will be created to investigate what he calls "left-wing civil unrest".

"The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are announcing a joint operation centred to investigate the violent left-wing civil unrest. And again, in Portland alone, the Federal Government has already taken care of and arrested 100 rioters just in that one city," Mr Trump said.

"The wave of violence and destruction that we've seen in recent weeks and months has occurred in cities exclusively controlled and dominated by the Joe Biden party.

"He even talked about those on the right. But he didn't talk about those on the left, and those on the left are the problem."

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Biden on the move with the election just two months away

Mr Biden's visit to Pennsylvania, an important swing state that helped Mr Trump to victory in 2016, marked an unusual trip afield for the former vice-president.

The presidential hopeful has worked mostly from his Delaware home since March.

His campaign has indicated Mr Biden expects to increase his travel to the states that will decide the election.

Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence are both due to campaign in Pennsylvania this week.

In Pittsburgh, Mr Biden depicted an America that was unsafe under Mr Trump, with COVID-19 killing thousands of people a week and an economy in tatters.

He said he wanted a country safe from the coronavirus, crime, racially motivated violence and "bad cops".

"And let's be crystal clear: Safe from four more years of Donald Trump," he said.

Samuel DeMarco, the Republican chairman in Allegheny County where Biden was speaking, said his speech showed "desperation".

"We have violent protests for 90-some days and now he's going to address it and try to blame Trump. Good luck with that," he said.

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