Anti-racism demonstrators march in Kenosha

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Published on August 30, 2020 - Duration: 01:54s

Anti-racism demonstrators march in Kenosha

[NFA] About 1,000 people joined a mile-long march in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace" as National Guard units stood by to prevent a resurgence of violence that rocked the lakeside city earlier in the week.

Freddie Joyner has more.

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Anti-racism demonstrators march in Kenosha

Black Lives Matter organizers in Kenosha, Wisconsin held a rally and march on Saturday, following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in front of three of his children earlier this week.

Jacob Blake, Sr - Blake's father - attended the rally: "There were seven bullets put in my son's back.

(flash) What gave them the right to attempted murder on my child?

What gave them the right to think that my son was an animal?

What gave them the right to take something that was not theres to date?

I'm tired of this..." 29-year-old Blake survived the shooting but was left badly wounded and paralyzed from the waist down.

On Saturday, people painted messages of unity and hope on boards protecting storefronts after several businesses were recently burned to the ground in arson attacks and vandalism.

National Guard units stood by on Saturday with orders to prevent a resurgence of violence that shook the lakeside city.

On Tuesday night, three demonstrators were shot - two fatally - by a white teenager armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

The 17-year-old suspect, Kyle Rittenhouse, surrendered to police.

His lawyer said his client acted in self defense.

On Friday, the Kenosha police union defended the officers in the Blake shooting saying Blake was armed with a knife, fought the officers and was given several chances to cooperate before they used deadly force.

Blake's lead attorney, Ben Crump, has said his client was not armed with a knife and did not provoke or threaten police.

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