The latest on Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:44 p.m. ET, August 31, 2020
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12:10 p.m. ET, August 31, 2020

Ahead of Biden's remarks, the Trump campaign says Trump does not condone violence

From CNN’s DJ Judd

On a call with reporters Monday, the Trump Campaign sought to prebuttal remarks expected later from Vice President Joe Biden in Pittsburgh where Biden is expected to argue President Trump “can’t stop the violence” in American cities “because for years he has fomented it.” 

The call, which was led by Trump Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh, also featured Senior Adviser to the campaign Jason Miller, New York Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, and Butler County Sheriff Michael Slupe. Slupe opened the call with the explosive claim that the people that are protesting now are not President Trump supporters but rather Joe Biden supporters.

“They are ruining America,” Slupe said Monday. “They're not peaceful demonstrators as they keep saying, peaceful means quiet, holding up a sign. These demonstrators are burning buildings, looting businesses, ruining their towns.”

Miller kicked off his portion of the call telling reporters, “I'd like to start out by pointing out the Joe Biden is clearly rattled after months of hiding in his basement and failing to stand up for the radical left wing mob that's taking over his campaign.”

“Biden has got his poll numbers tanking and his allies are panicking there's several good stories on this today, the Hill, Politico and others, and this is the only reason why finest leaving his Delaware basement,” Miller continued. “But Joe Biden's trapped. He can't condemn the radical left wing mob and groups like Antifa even the ‘Defund the Police’ movements because they're his political base.” 

Murtaugh closed the call with a full-throated defense of the president’s supporters, following a series of tweets that seemed to indicate the president’s support for acts of violence against protesters in Portland. 

“The President has never condoned violence of any kind, in American cities, American on American violence is unwarranted, uncalled for, and should be condemned wholly and fully,” he said.

The President has yet to condemn a 17 year old supporter who allegedly shot and killed two protesters last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

12:08 p.m. ET, August 31, 2020

Biden will deliver speech on civil unrest and say Trump "makes things worse, not better"

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden plans to blame President Trump for civic violence and racial unrest in a speech today in Pittsburgh as he begins to travel to swing states two months before the election.

Biden will say that Trump "makes things worse, not better" and "sows chaos rather than providing order," according to excerpts provided by his campaign ahead of the afternoon speech.

The former vice president's speech will be framed around a question he plans to pose: "Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?"

In recent weeks, Trump and his allies have cast the President as having no responsibility for what happens in Democratic-led cities. Biden on Monday will argue that Trump is to blame for the crises gripping the nation.

He plans to hammer Trump for the coronavirus pandemic and the economic collapse it caused, a reckoning over race and police violence and "emboldened white nationalists" — and say that Trump is "the common thread."

"This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can't stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it," Biden will say, according to the excerpts. "He may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is."

The speech comes at a fraught moment, ahead of Trump's Tuesday trip — against the wishes of Wisconsin's Democratic governor, Tony Evers — to Kenosha, a city wracked with violence following the police shooting of a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake, the property damage and looting that followed, and the killing of two protesters there.

Read more about Biden's speech here.

4:04 p.m. ET, August 31, 2020

Kenosha Police arrested 175 people last week

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Police officers stand guard near government buildings on August 27 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Police officers stand guard near government buildings on August 27 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Kenosha Police Department said officers arrested a total of 175 people last week, according to a statement on the department's activity since last Monday.

In the statement posted to Twitter, the department emphasized that this number included people from 44 different cities and that 102 people "listed addresses from outside Kenosha." 

At least 69 arrests were for curfew violations and 34 more arrests were for curfew violations as well as an additional charge "ranging from carrying concealed weapons, burglary, and possession of controlled substances," the statement said.

Additionally, Kenosha Police say that more than 20 firearms were taken and 3 vehicles were towed as part of active investigations.

3:58 p.m. ET, August 31, 2020

Wisconsin's governor urged Trump to reconsider visiting Kenosha, but the visit is still on

From CNN's Paul LeBlanc

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks at a news conference on August 27 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks at a news conference on August 27 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

President Trump is still planning to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week after Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote him a letter urging that he reconsider as the city continues to grapple with racial unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

"The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President's visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement last night.

"President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild."

The statement came hours after Evers wrote a letter to Trump outlining his concern about what the President's presence "will mean for Kenosha and our state."