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Accused Teen Kenosha Shooter Will Face Charges in Only One State

Illinois says there's no evidence Kyle Rittenhouse had gun in the state

(Newser) - A 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., will not face charges in his home state of Illinois, prosecutors said Tuesday. An investigation revealed the gun used in the Kenosha shooting was purchased, stored, and used in Wisconsin, the Lake... More »

Cop Shot Blake for a Reason, Lawyer Says

But Blake's uncle calls it 'gaslighting'

(Newser) - The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times last month told investigators he thought Blake was trying to abduct one of his own children and that he opened fire because Blake started turning toward the officer while holding a knife, the officer's lawyer contends,... More »

Man Shot at Kenosha: I Still Hear the Screams

Gaige Grosskreutz talks about the bullet that made him run for his life

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man who was shot during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last month says he still remembers the screams that night and he's in constant pain, the AP reports. Prosecutors say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed two men during a chaotic protest... More »

Jacob Blake: 'You Can Change Your Lives Out There'

Kenosha man releases first words from hospital bed as protests rage on elsewhere

(Newser) - Jacob Blake released a message from his hospital bed in which he beseeched viewers to take to heart that "Your life and not only just your life, your legs—something that you need to move around, to move forward in life—can be taken like this, man," said... More »

Biden: I Spoke With Jacob Blake

Shooting victim says 'nothing is going to defeat him,' says former VP

(Newser) - Joe Biden told the people of Kenosha, Wisconsin, that the turmoil their city is experiencing can be part of an awakening that helps the US confront centuries of systemic racism and social discord. "We're finally now getting to the point where we're going to be addressing the... More »

Trump Can Win If He Follows Bill Clinton's Lead

He needs a 'Sister Souljah moment,' writes Jamelle Bouie

(Newser) - If President Trump wants to win a second term, he will need what has come to be known as a "Sister Souljah moment," writes Jamelle Bouie in the New York Times . The reference goes back to the 1992 campaign, when Bill Clinton denounced the words of hip-hop artist... More »

Trump Mentions Plane Filled With 'Thugs' in Dark Uniforms

He also says Biden is controlled by people in 'dark shadows'

(Newser) - In an interview on Fox News on Monday night, President Trump made the case that Joe Biden is not in control of his own campaign. So who is? "People that you've never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows," he told Laura Ingraham, per Politico... More »

Here's What Trump Has to Say About Kyle Rittenhouse

'He would have been, he probably would have been killed' if he hadn't shot

(Newser) - The night before his controversial visit to Kenosha, Wis., President Trump appeared to back the teen suspected of fatally shooting two protesters in the city. "That was an interesting situation, you saw the same tape that I saw. He was trying to get away from them, I guess, looks... More »

Wisconsin Governor Asks Trump Not to Visit

'Now is not the time,' says Tony Evers, but trip is still on for Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump plans to visit the hot spot of Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, and the state's governor isn't happy about it. In a letter to the president on Sunday, Tony Evers asked Trump to reconsider, reports Fox News . “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our... More »

Wisconsin Officials Tell Trump: Don't Come Here

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes calls the president's remarks 'incendiary'

(Newser) - Words are flying on Capitol Hill over the Kenosha protests and President Trump's planned visit to the city on Tuesday. First off, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said Sunday that Trump's trip to Kenosha would only fan the flames lit by Jacob Blake's shooting and the days... More »

Trump Is Heading to Kenosha

President will visit city amid protests over police shooting of Jacob Blake in the back

(Newser) - President Trump will travel to Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, amid fury over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the back , which left the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed. White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that Trump will be meeting with law enforcement officers... More »

1K March in Kenosha: 'Hell Yeah, I'm Mad'

Protesters rally in Wisconsin for Jacob Blake

(Newser) - Roughly a thousand people gathered Saturday in Kenosha for a march and rally against police violence, about a week after an officer shot Jacob Blake in the back and left the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed, the AP reports. Marchers chanted "No justice, no peace!" and "Seven bullets,... More »

Arrests Spark New Accusations in Kenosha

Activists say they're getting collared while militias are tolerated

(Newser) - Police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were on alert after days of protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by one of their colleagues, and they'd recently gotten a tip about "suspicious vehicles" from out of state. So, after watching a group of people fill cans at a gas... More »

Police Take Restraints Off Blake's Hospital Bed

Handcuffs baffle governor, but local officials say an old warrant is the reason

(Newser) - Jacob Blake is no longer shackled to his Wisconsin hospital bed with handcuffs, and the police guard has been removed. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department had said Blake was restrained because of an old warrant he faces, but Blake's lawyer said Friday that it's been dropped. Anyone... More »

Images From Friday's March on Washington

Gathering in DC commemorates MLK speech

(Newser) - Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates gathered in DC Friday at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Thousands gathered near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the AP reports, where... More »

Don't Underestimate Impact of NBA's Short Walkout

'There is a new standard of civil disobedience,' writes one observer

(Newser) - NBA practices will resume Friday and games on Saturday after players staged an unprecedented strike over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, per the AP . And while the players were out of action just two days, plenty of observers suggest the impact of their protest will be long-lasting:
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Dad: Jacob Blake Is Handcuffed to Hospital Bed

He says son is under arrest, though it's not clear for what

(Newser) - Jacob Blake is handcuffed to his hospital bed, according to the father of the Kenosha, Wisconsin, man shot in the back by police seven times. "I hate it that he was laying in that bed with the handcuff onto the bed,” Blake's father, also named Jacob, told... More »

Kyle Rittenhouse Hit With More Felony Charges

Teen is accused of killing two Kenosha protesters

(Newser) - The Illinois teen accused of traveling to Kenosha, Wisconsin, armed with an AR-15-style rifle that he allegedly used to fatally shoot two protesters and injure a third has been hit with more charges. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was hit with four additional felonies and one misdemeanor Thursday, NPR reports. Among those... More »

NBA Players' Walkout May Be Over

League will reportedly resume games Friday

(Newser) - It looks like the NBA will be getting back to business. After players sat out Wednesday and the league suspended three playoff games to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, the remainder of the shortened season was in doubt. But the Washington Post and the AP are... More »

Some Details Released in Jacob Blake Shooting

Meanwhile, Fox News host appears to defend teen who killed protesters

(Newser) - The police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sunday, sparking ongoing protests, was Rusten Sheskey. His identity was revealed by the state's attorney general Wednesday, the BBC reports. The seven-year veteran of the force is on administrative leave, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. No other officers fired their... More »

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