• Thu. Nov 26th, 2020

Live Updates: Jacob Blake Had Knife at Time of Police Shooting, Officials Say

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An Illinois teenager was arrested after two people were fatally shot.

A 17-year-old from Illinois was arrested and charged on Wednesday after two people were fatally shot during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha, Wis.

The teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, was arrested in Antioch, Ill., after being charged with first-degree intentional homicide, according to a court document filed in Lake County, Ill. Antioch is about 30 minutes southwest of Kenosha, just over the Illinois line.

The deadly shooting erupted amid a third night of unrest in Kenosha, where protesters have flooded the streets to condemn the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was paralyzed after a white officer fired at him seven times.

The fatal shooting that Mr. Rittenhouse was charged in came as protesters scuffled with a group of men who were carrying guns and saying they wanted to protect Kenosha businesses from looting.

A hail of gunfire broke out, along a crowded, dark street, sending bystanders fleeing into parking lots and screaming in terror. The authorities said Mr. Rittenhouse was not a protester but they did not say what he was doing there.

The continuing strife in Kenosha prompted Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, a Democrat, to order hundreds of National Guard troops into the city. It also drew the attention President Trump, who is in the third day of the Republican National Convention and has sought to portray jurisdictions run by Democrats as rife with dangers and crime.

Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he planned to deploy federal law enforcement officials to Kenosha and that Mr. Evers, a Democrat, had agreed to accept the help.

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The N.B.A. delayed three playoff games after a Bucks boycott.

The N.B.A. postponed three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their matchup with the Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Mr. Blake.

The boycott was an extraordinary escalation of what had already been a striking effort by players this season to bring attention to systemic racism, police brutality and other social-justice issues.

A short time after the N.B.A. delayed its games, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds decided to sit out the Major League Baseball game they were scheduled to play Wednesday night in Wisconsin. And when the W.N.B.A.’s Washington Mystics arrived for their Wednesday game against the Atlanta Dream, the team’s players were wearing T-shirts that spelled out Jacob Blake.

LeBron James, the N.B.A.’s biggest superstar, appeared to capture the mood of many of his fellow players with a blunt message posted on Twitter.

“WE DEMAND CHANGE,” he wrote. “SICK OF IT.”

Also affected by the league’s move were first-round games pitting James’s Lakers against the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Houston Rockets.

Players with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors said on Wednesday that they were also considering boycotting the first game of their series, which was scheduled for Thursday night, and that some had raised the possibility of leaving the N.B.A.’s restricted site at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., where the league is finishing its season in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The unrest in Kenosha may already be swaying some Wisconsin voters.

John Geraghty, who works in a tractor factory, had barely paid attention to the presidential race or the conventions.

But when he awoke Monday to images of his hometown, Kenosha, Wis., in flames, he could not stop watching. The unrest in places like Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis had arrived at his doorstep, after a white police officer shot a Black man several times on Sunday

And after feeling “100 percent on the fence” about who he would vote for in November, Mr. Geraghty, 41, said he was increasingly nervous that Democratic state leaders seemed unable to contain the spiraling crisis.

“We have to have a serious conversation about what are we going to do about it,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like the powers that be want to do much.”

The politically calculated warnings of President Trump and the Republican Party about chaos enveloping America should Democrats win in November are reverberating among some people in Kenosha, a small city in one of the most critical states in this year’s election.

While many demonstrators have been peaceful, some people have set fire to buildings. At least four businesses downtown have been looted. Men armed with guns have shown up to confront protesters, and three people have been shot, two of them fatally. On Wednesday, a white teenager from Illinois was arrested in the shooting.

In Kenosha County, which Mr. Trump won by fewer than 20 votes in 2016, those who already supported him said in interviews that the events of the past few days had reinforced their decision to do so.

Some wavering voters said the chaos in Kenosha and the inability of elected leaders to stop it were nudging them toward the Republicans. And some local Democrats expressed concern that what was happening aid the president’s re-election’s prospects.

Joe Biden supports peaceful protest and condemns “needless violence.”

As Mr. Trump seized on the chaos in Kenosha as an example of what he says will happen across the United States if he is not re-elected, his opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., condemned what he called the “needless violence” that has roiled the city amid several days of protests.

But Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee, also expressed solidarity with peaceful protesters, denounced systemic racism and said he had spoken with the parents and other relatives of Mr. Blake, a Black man whose shooting by a white police officer touched off the unrest.

“I told them justice must and will be done,” Mr. Biden, speaking in a video that was posted on social media, said of his discussions with Mr. Blake’s family members. He also urged those listening to his remarks to “put yourself in the shoes of every Black father and Black mother in this country and ask, ‘Is this what we want America to be?’”

Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee, is confronting competing political pressures. While many Americans, including progressive Democrats, overwhelmingly support protests against racial injustice and police brutality, Mr. Trump has tried to cast his rival as a radical who would diminish or even eliminate police agencies, and unleash a wave of lawlessness.

Mr. Biden was emphatic in criticizing those who were not protesting peacefully.

“As I said after George Floyd’s murder, protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary,” he said. “Burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence. Violence that endangers lives. Violence that guts businesses, and shutters businesses, that serve the community. That’s wrong.”

Mr. Biden’s response to the events unfolding in Kenosha is his latest balancing act on law enforcement matters. His deep involvement in the 1994 crime bill, for example, has earned him skeptics among those who are focused on criminal justice reform.

On the flip side, the Trump campaign has repeatedly, and falsely, accused Mr. Biden of seeking to defund the police, a measure that he opposes. Despite being untrue, the claim could hurt him, especially in swing states like Wisconsin, if Republicans are able to make it stick.

Reporting was contributed by Julie Bosman, Sopan Deb, Ellen Almer Durston, Katie Glueck, Sarah Mervosh, Marc Stein and Sabrina Tavernise.