MIKE Pence's speech at a Christian college was canceled over fears Black Lives Matter protesters will appear, reports say.
The private Milwaukee college cut Pence's commencement address this weekend due to the civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin stemming from Jacob Blake's police shooting.
Politico reported that Wisconsin Lutheran College announced the news on Thursday.
The college stated that “after further review with careful consideration of the escalating events in Kenosha" the Vice President's speech was canceled.
Rev Mark Jeske, of St. Marcus Lutheran Church, will speak at the event at the college instead of Pence.
The VP's speech was supposed to take place outside Wisconsin Lutheran College.
The facility has around 1,200 students and it's location about 40 miles from Kenosha, where protests, riots and looting have been rife since Sunday.
More than 270 students and alumni signed an open letter which objected to Pence visiting the school, however – and this was before the violence erupted in Kenosha.
After 29-year-old Blake was shot at least seven times by Officer Rusten Sheskey, 31, and left paralyzed, people took to the streets to decry the incident.
The college's decision to cancel Pence's address came after nearly a week of violence.
This culminated in the fatal shooting of two Black Lives Matter protesters.
The teen gunman charged with murder after a triple shooting in Kenosha on Tuesday.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, allegedly shot dead one man who had thrown a plastic bag at him while acting as a self-styled vigilante.
The teenager is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and injured another man in the arm.
Footage of the incident appears to show Rittenhouse being chased across the forecourt of a gas station before the shooting.
A man thought to be Rosenbaum can then be seen throwing a plastic bag after him.
Meanwhile, the father of Blake said that his son has been handcuffed to his hospital bed.
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