Kamala Harris claimed that the recent shootings of black suspects in police custody were proof of the many injustices being met on black citizens. Harris was speaking in response to President Trump’s remarks at the Republican National convention which recently began and in which many African Americans spoke highly of the Trump administration.
“The reality is that the life of a black person in America has never been treated as fully human,” Ms Harris said. “We have yet to fulfill that promise of equal justice under the law.”
She noted that the recent protests originated from the poor treatment of black Americans, saying that she supported them. Sen. Harris added that there was a need to protect the peaceful protests.
“We must always defend peaceful protests and peaceful protestors. We should not confuse them with those looting and committing acts of violence, including the shooter who was arrested for murder.”
Her speech coincided with violent riots in Kenosha where demonstrators torched cars and set many buildings ablaze, including a local charity. In response, the Democratic governor Tony Evers activated the national guard to help contain the lawlessness that was spiraling out of control.
The riots erupted after a black man, Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times by an officer after walking away from the police and erratically opened his vehicle’s door while ignoring police orders. The officers were responding to a domestic incident and witnesses said that Blake was trying to break up the fight.
In the same city, a shooting incident involving a 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse left two protesters dead and one critically injured. The juvenile opened fire while escaping a mob that attacked him after the first shooting, in which he was allegedly involved. Police said there was more than one shooter during the incident.