Obama gets briefed on rioting in Milwaukee while on vacation

August 15, 2016 GMT

A vacationing President Obama received an update Sunday about a night of rioting and gunfire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before he headed out for another round of golf.

The White House said Mr. Obama was briefed on the unrest by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who spoke to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The president later departed for a golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Washington lawyer Cy Walker and Mercer Cook, a cousin of Ms. Jarrett.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. called for the National Guard to respond to the area where rioters burned cars and businesses, and some demonstrators looked for white motorists to assault.

The unrest was in response to the fatal shooting of an armed man by police Saturday afternoon.

“We cannot allow for a repeat of what happened last night. I am going to utilize all available resources to accomplish that,” Sheriff Clarke said in a news release.

He also said he had consulted with Gov. Scott Walker.

But police and city leaders said they have the resources to handle the situation, the Journal Sentinel reported Sunday.

Violence erupted Saturday night after protesters engaged in a standoff with police lasting several hours. A gas station was set ablaze, and fires were started at a bank and other businesses.