Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes spoke earlier and had a positive message, “I see resilience. I see hope and strength.”
According to local ABC affiliate WISN 12, the Black family staged the rally.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also noted the remark, adding that it was met with a “muted” response from the crowd, and that Blake’s father had urged non-violence:
Blake’s father, also named Jacob Blake, called for civility:
“If we tear it up, we have nothing,” Blake Sr. said. “I don’t want you all to be homeless. I don’t want you to be store-less. I don’t want you not to be able to buy your sons, daughters and grandbabies the food and the milk that they need … show them for one night, we don’t have to tear up nothing.”
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump is expected to visit the city, which has suffered riots and violence for the past week.
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