August 23 - August 29, 2020: US Crisis Monitor Weekly Overview

From August 23 - August 29, 2020, the overall number of demonstration events decreased last week in the United States compared to the week prior, though the number of demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement increased following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Right-wing groups and supporters of President Donald Trump continued to clash with BLM-affiliated demonstrators in several cities. In Kenosha, three demonstrators associated with BLM were shot, and two were killed. In Portland, Oregon, a member of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group (SPLC, 31 August 2020), was shot and killed during a counter-demonstration. Meanwhile, demonstrations related to the Trump administration’s handling of the United States Postal Service (USPS) decreased, while several coronavirus-related demonstrations were reported in California and Idaho.

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