Joe Biden visits Kenosha to meet family of Jacob Blake

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has met the family of a black man shot in the back by police on a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

They held private talks when Mr Biden landed in the state.

The city is recovering after sometimes violent protests over Jacob Blake’s shooting and the state is a key area in November’s presidential election.

President Trump visited earlier in the week to signal his support for police, but did not meet Mr Blake’s family.

Neither Mr Biden nor Mr Blake’s family have commented on their meeting yet, but before leaving Mr Biden said he would call for unity when he visited Kenosha.

“We have to heal,” Mr Biden said.

His visit comes two days after President Trump defied requests to stay away from the city from local leaders, including the Democratic governor.

Mr Biden said that there had been “overwhelming requests” he visit, adding that his presence would be a “positive influence” that would help “put things together and bring people together”. President Trump’s campaign has accused him of playing politics.

Two people protesting against the shooting of Mr Blake were killed in Kenosha amid widespread looting and vandalism.

Mr Biden’s visit comes two weeks after he accepted his party’s nomination from Delaware, rather than Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, after the coronavirus caused the Democratic convention to go entirely online. It also comes one day after the Kenosha mayor lifted the curfew after several nights of relative calm.

“The last several nights have been relatively peaceful in the community, and in the judgment of law enforcement, it is appropriate to remove the curfew,” Mayor John Antaramian said on Wednesday.

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