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AP Morning Wire
Good morning. In today’s AP Morning Wire:
- With visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Trump wades into racial tensions.
- India begins latest lockdown exit phase as virus cases soar.
- Detroit island park now a memorial garden for COVID-19 victims.
- Exclusive: Belarus poll workers describe fraud in Aug. 9 election.
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Trump wades into racial tensions with trip to Wisconsin; A snapshot of US turmoil with 2 shootings in Kenosha
President Donald Trump is plunging headlong into the latest eruption in America’s reckoning over racial injustice with a trip today — over the objections of local leaders who asked him to stay away — to Kenosha, Wisconsin. The city has been riven by protests since the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back by police.
Trump has defended a white teenage supporter accused of fatally shooting two men in Kenosha last week and accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden of siding with “anarchists” and “rioters.” Trump will not be meeting with Blake’s family.
Biden, in his most direct attack yet, accused Trump of causing the divisions that have ignited the violence. He delivered an uncharacteristically blistering speech in Pittsburgh and distanced himself from radical forces involved in altercations.
Biden said of Trump: “He doesn’t want to shed light, he wants to generate heat, and he’s stoking violence in our cities. He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.”
The police shooting of Blake, followed by the deaths of two protesters shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, have made Kenosha a microcosm of a nation wracked by discord over racial inequity, policing and public safety. The bloodshed happened two days and two miles apart.
Two accounts are getting told as Kenosha takes stock of a week of convulsion, and ahead of Trump’s visit. But as people navigate barricaded streets, boarded-up windows and their own place along some of the deepest fault lines cleaving the U.S., there are many more than two perspectives on what happened, Jennifer Peltz and Russell Contreras report.
Wisconsin Narrative: A familiar line has emerged since Blake’s shooting. It’s one seen many times after a Black man or woman is killed or grievously wounded by police: That somehow his actions or past can explain why an officer fired seven bullets into his back.
Despite shocking bystander video and impassioned pleas from community and family members, authorities have been reluctant to release even the most basic information about the shooting or details about the white officer who fired. As a result, little is known about the two men beyond the arrest record of the man who was shot, and the number of years the officer has been on the force, Don Babwin writes.
Portland Protests: A plan by the governor of Oregon to use sheriff’s deputies from surrounding counties to help patrol Portland following the deadly shooting of a right-wing Trump supporter has been sharply criticized by law enforcement. They said it wouldn’t end the “cycle of violence” in the city that’s approaching 100 consecutive nights of Black Lives Matter protests and unrest.
Portland Shooting Victim: The supporter of a right-wing group who was shot dead in the city last weekend was mourned by both friends and Trump as a victim of mob violence. Just hours before he was shot in the chest, 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson and a friend were seen heading downtown to protect a caravan of Trump supporters. Ex-girlfriend Christine Banks said Danielson didn’t discuss politics much but objected to the weeks-long protests in Portland, Andrew Selsky, Gillian Flaccus and Bernard Condon report.