Trump's upcoming visit to Kenosha meets concern from Wisconsin Gov. Evers.

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    by News director
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    Sun Aug 30 2020
Gov. Evers visited Kenosha last week. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Author: Jessica Gregory

Wisconsin officials advise President Trump to give Kenosha's community space to heal by forgoing his plan to visit Tuesday. 

For the past week, the city of Kenosha has protested day and night to gain justice for Jacob Blake after he was shot in the back seven times by police officers last Sunday. Today Jacob Blake's family led 1,000 people down the streets of Kenosha rallying for a change in policing practices, reports Channel 3000. 

President Trump was asked Friday if he believed the shooting was justified, to which he replied “I did not like the sight of it and I think most people would agree with that but we will be getting reports back soon and report back then.”

White house officials then announced Saturday that Trump would visit Kenosha this week to meet with the police department and take a look at the aftermath from the city's protests. 

In a statement made Sunday evening, Governor Tony Evers wrote plainly the roots of his unease if Trump visits the recovering city. 

“I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned that your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian agreed with Gov. Evers when speaking with NPR, saying “our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time.”

To end his statement, Gov. Evers says that lawmakers will convene Monday to develop Wisconsin's policing accountability and transparency reform package. He asks President Trump to support their efforts in taking legislative action.