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White House: Obama briefed on violence in Milwaukee

Violence broke out late Saturday
Posted: 12:35 PM, Aug 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-14 17:35:11Z

MILWAUKEE — The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the outbreak of violence in a predominantly black neighborhood in Milwaukee after a fatal, officer-involved shooting.

Spokeswoman Jen Friedman says Obama was updated Sunday by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett briefed the president after speaking with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and offering federal support for local authorities. Friedman says Obama asked to be alerted to any new developments.

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Obama is opening a second week of vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

Violence broke out on the north side of Milwaukee late Saturday after police shot and killed a man they say fled a traffic stop and was armed with a handgun.