Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon, touring the riot-rattled city days after President Trump visited there.
The former vice president kicked off the stop by meeting the family of Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old man whose August shooting at the hands of local cops sparked the powder keg.
Biden met with Blake’s parents and siblings, as well as members of his legal team, at a Milwaukee airport, shortly after touching down in the Badger State, according to his campaign.
Blake, who is black, was shot seven times in the back in front of his fiancée and kids by a white cop on Aug. 23, leaving him paralyzed.
A local police union and US Attorney General Bill Barr have said Blake was armed with a knife and in the midst of committing an unspecified felony during the incident.
That version of events contradicts witnesses and the Wisconsin attorney general, who have said Blake only had a knife in his vehicle and was simply walking away from a tense situation after breaking up a fight between two women.
The run-in touched off nights of fiery protest in the lakefront city, which ultimately descended into business-razing riots and saw a rifle-toting teen vigilante allegedly shoot dead two Black Lives Matter demonstrators while wounding a third.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been hit with charges including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, though his lawyer has insisted he was acting in self-defense.
Trump toured the city on Tuesday against the wishes of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, vowing aid for business owners, praising law enforcement and characterizing the unrest as “anti-American.”
He had planned to visit Blake’s family, but the meeting was scuttled when they voiced a desire to have their lawyer present.
Biden was also set to meet Thursday with Kenosha business owners, community leaders and law enforcement officials.
Wisconsin, a perennial political battleground state, went for Trump in 2016 by a narrow margin.
With Post wires
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