© Reuters. A woman reacts with a fist raised as she marches with others after police shot and killed Jacob Blake, a black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin
By Brendan O & # 39; Brien
KENOSHA, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Approximately 1,000 people took part in a mile-long march in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Saturday, singing "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace" as US President Donald Trump made plans to visit Announced violence. rocked town next week.
Jacob Blake Sr., father of the 29-year-old black man, whose shooting by a white police officer on Sunday sparked the riot, called on protesters to stop the looting and vandalism that had overshadowed peaceful protests before a tense calm set in last three nights.
"Good people in this town understand. If we tear it up, we have nothing," he told a gathering in a park that was the center of protests in support of his son Jacob Blake Jr. "Stop it. Show them night we don't have to tear anything up."
Blake's shooting in front of three of his children made the mostly white town of 100,000 south of Milwaukee the newest hot spot in a summer of American demonstrations against police brutality and racism.
Trump, who has taken a tough stance against the protests, will visit Kenosha on Tuesday to meet law enforcement officers and assess damage, a White House official told reporters.
"I want to tell Mr. President that members of the Black Lives Matter are not the thugs, not the looters," said Clyde McLemore, founder of a BLM chapter outside of Kenosha. "He's accusing us, and it's not."
Blake, 29, survived but was left severely wounded and paralyzed from the waist down. He's likely to attend a pre-shooting criminal complaint trial by video from his hospital room next week, his lawyer told Reuters on Saturday, adding he would plead not guilty.
Anger over Blake's shots, captured on viral video, sparked street fighting. Protesters threw fireworks and bricks in protective clothing at the police, who countered with tear gas and rubber bullets. On Tuesday evening, a white teenager shot three protesters with a semi-automatic rifle, killing two of them.
In Kenosha, people painted messages of unity on boards protecting the shop fronts on Saturday after many companies were burned down in arson attacks and vandalism.
Residents hoped the quiet would continue for a fourth night as protesters, some of whom wore "Justice for Jacob" masks, spoke about the need for racial justice.
"We're tired," said Darius Johnson, 27, from Milwaukee. "There is no excuse for this kind of racism. It could have been any of us, my brother, my sister. It has to stop."
17-year-old suspect Kyle Rittenhouse, who was killed Tuesday night, surrendered to police on Wednesday near his home in Illinois near the Wisconsin border. Kenosha officials have been criticized for videos showing police officers giving him water before the violence broke out and chummy with armed militiamen on the streets.
As of Friday, more than 1,000 National Guard soldiers were in Kenosha, many from outside the state.
When Kenosha was curfew at 7 p.m. Local time, authorities in Chicago blocked the streets and prepared for dueling demonstrations along the city's Magnificent Mile, a 13-block section of downtown Michigan Avenue. Some planned to protest the police brutality, while others were ready to demonstrate in support of the police, they said.
Rittenhouse is being detained and awaiting extradition negotiations to return to Wisconsin. His lawyers said he would fight charges against him, which include willful first degree murder and self-defense.
"Kyle Rittenhouse stood up to protect his community and his country," said John Pierce, one of Rittenhouse's attorneys, on Twitter.
Blake, who has had multiple surgeries since the shooting, had been handcuffed to a hospital bed on a pending arrest warrant. The handcuffs were removed Friday after the warrant was lifted, according to his attorney Pat Cafferty.
The warrant was based on a criminal complaint filed in July. The complaint shows that Blake's ex-girlfriend, the mother of three of his children, told police that Blake broke into her home on May 3 and sexually assaulted her before stealing her truck and debit card.
Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul said this week that police confronted Blake when they were called home to a woman who reported her "boyfriend was there without permission," and officials tried to arrest him. Kaul said efforts to take down Blake with a taser had failed, and investigators later recovered a knife from the floor of the car Blake was leaning into when he was shot.
On Friday, the Kenosha Police Union defended the officers, saying Blake was armed with a knife, fought the officers and was given multiple opportunities to cooperate before using lethal force.
Blake's family and lawyers have said he did not provoke or threaten the police.