MILWAUKEE — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris kicked off her trip to Milwaukee by meeting with the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police last month in Kenosha.
Harris met with Blake’s father, two sisters and members of his legal team at the airport in Milwaukee, and spoke with other family members over the phone; Blake’s mother and attorney Ben Crump joined by phone.
Blake joined the conversation by phone from his hospital bed, and Harris told him she was proud of him for how he was working through his pain, his attorneys said in a statement. Harris also spoke individually to each member of the family and discussed Biden’s police reform agenda, they said.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsels Patrick Salvi II and B’Ivory LaMarr said the senator's visit was "inspirational and uplifting."
"Sen. Harris also discussed the policy changes that she and Vice President Biden will seek, including the Justice in Policing Act and implicit bias training, to make things better for all Americans," Crump said. "She encouraged them to continue to use their voices even through their pain to help America make progress to end systemic racism.”
Harris spoke individually with each family member about how they were handling the incident, Crump said.
Joe Biden met with the family last week in Milwaukee before visiting Kenosha, the city where police shot Blake.
Harris then toured an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) training facility in Wauwatosa.
"[...] They’re an incredible family and what they’ve endured, and they do it with such dignity and grace," Harris said during the tour. "And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders."
She also talked with IBEW members and state workforce leaders about Joe Biden’s commitment to workers and organized labor.
Following the tour, Harris is set to attend a roundtable with Black Milwaukee business owners.
This is Harris' first visit to Wisconsin since being picked as Biden's running mate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.