US President Donald Trump visited the Kenosha city to support law enforcement after chaos erupted amid the police shooting of a black man.
Protests started after police shot Jacob Blake in the back and left him paralyzed on 23rd August in Kenosha.
He blamed “domestic terror” for the “destruction” in the Midwestern city.
He visited areas damaged due to protests, including a burnt-out furniture store.
He spoke to local business leaders at a round table meeting in a high school gym. He said, “These are not acts of peaceful protest, but really domestic terror,”
He defended the actions of US police and blamed the media for highlighting bad incidents involving officers.
“You have people that choke,” he said. “They are under tremendous pressure. And they may be there for 15 years and have a spotless record and all of a sudden they’re faced with a decision. They have a quarter of a second to make a decision. And if they make a wrong decision, one way or the other, they’re either dead or they’re in big trouble.
“And people have to understand that. They choke sometimes.”
However, Mr. Trump did not show empathy for those affected, saying he felt “terribly for anybody who goes through that”. But he said he did not believe there was systemic racism in law enforcement.
On the other hand, Trump did not meet the Blake family as they had wanted lawyers present. Co-pastor Sharon Ward said: “I think it’s important to have black people at the table to help solve the problem.”