Police shooting lays bare Wisconsin’s deep partisan divide

Wisconsin Shooting
A small group of Black Lives Matter protesters pray near the sight of a police shooting Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Kenosha police shot a man Sunday evening, setting off unrest in the city after a video appeared to show the officer firing several shots at close range into the man's back. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The shooting by police in Wisconsin of a Black man has sparked strong words of condemnation and a call for Republicans to take action from the state’s Democratic governor, who said he stood by those who demand justice.

But Republicans and the police union said Monday that the governor went too far, urging caution in making any judgments about what sparked the shooting.

The divergent reactions to the shooting by Kenosha police of Jacob Blake on Sunday is just the latest example of the deep divide in Wisconsin.

It is a key presidential battleground state that’s been at the forefront of partisan battles for the past decade.

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