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On the Ground in Kenosha

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The shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black father from Kenosha, Wis., by a white police officer has reverberated through the city, fueling protests and unrest. There have been marches and demonstrations, as well as instances of destruction: businesses and property set alight, fireworks launched at the police.

On Tuesday night, a group of armed men, who claimed to be there to protect the community, arrived. Three protesters were shot, two of whom died. Kyle Rittenhouse, a white 17-year-old from Illinois, is suspected of being the gunman.

We speak with Julie Bosman, a national correspondent for The Times, about what is happening in her hometown.

On today’s episode:

  • Julie Bosman, a national correspondent for The New York Times.

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Police Face Off Against Protesters in Wisconsin

Protesters and law enforcement officers clashed in Kenosha, Wis., over the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a white police officer.

[popping noises] [sirens] Crowd: “Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down!” [explosion] [sounds of distress] “It’s going to hurt.” [sounds of distress] “It hurts, I know, but you got to push it out.” [popping noises]

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Protesters and law enforcement officers clashed in Kenosha, Wis., over the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a white police officer.CreditCredit…Carlos Ortiz for The New York Times

Julie Bosman contributed reporting.

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