Days of President Trump’s tough-on-crime rhetoric at the Republican National Convention, while protests in Wisconsin intensify, are followed by a boost in national polling, to a narrowed Biden lead of 50%-43%.
Thousands of protesters have filled the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was partially paralyzed after a white officer fired seven shots into his back as he climbed into his car, fleeing arrest. Three of Mr. Blake’s children — 3 to 8 years old — were in the backseat.
counter-protester kills two, wounds a third with assault rifle
Weapon-carrying counter-protesters converged on the city with the stated purpose of protecting property from looting. A white teenager illegally possessing an assault rifle was arrested following an altercation with demonstrators that left two protesters dead and one wounded.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old counter-protester, had social media accounts that indicated an intense interest guns, law enforcement and President Trump.
NBA gets involved
Playoff games were boycotted by several NBA teams following the Wisconsin shooting.
Within hours, three WNBA, five Major League Soccer and three Major League Baseball games were also called off.
statement from the Milwaukee Bucks:
“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protesters. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball…”
resolution to resume playoffs includes opening stadiums for voting
The NBA and its players said the playoffs would resume with the agreement that teams that own their stadiums turn them into polling places in November to allow for safe in-person voting in areas vulnerable to COVID-19, which has been an initiative of Lebron’s More Than A Vote campaign against voter suppression.
In Milwaukee, during the primaries, Milwaukee opened only three polling places out of 180, where reports of hours-long lines and discouraged voters.
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