Jacob Blake, an African American man, has survived after being shot in the back multiple times by police at close range in the US city of Kenosha, Wisconsin after reportedly trying to break up a fight between two women. He is now in hospital and his condition is critical. The event has sparked a violent protest.
According to reports, the man was trying to break up a fight between two women. The police officers reportedly attempted to use a Taser on the man before shooting him.
The black population of Kenosha, a small city of just over 100 thousand people on Lake Michigan, accounts for less than 12 percent of the population. Nevertheless, the protest sparked by the police brutality incident involved hundreds of people, who set vehicles on fire and shouted slogans.
Video emerged online showing neighbours gathered outside as two police officers with guns drawn followed Blake as he moved toward the car.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that several hundred people took to the streets of Kenosha on Sunday evening after the video of the shooting was spread on social networks.
Up close look at the car dealership fire set by BLM arsonists in Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/Mv1CC7htiD— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) August 24, 2020
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VIDEOS - An unarmed black man was yesterday shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in front of his children after #Wisconsin police were called to a domestic dispute. Rioting and looting erupted in the wake of the shooting as the County of #Kenosha declared a state of emergency, and a curfew has been put into effect by authorities until 7am on Monday. #JacobBlake, 29, was rushed to hospital following the shooting in Kenosha that prompted neighbours and crowds to gather and confront officers at the scene on Sunday night. Early Monday, family members posted that Blake was in a stable condition at the ICU in Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statement denouncing 'excessive use of force' by police. As video of the shooting quickly went viral, protesters took to the streets of Kenosha, where police are on high alert. Video posted to social media shows a large crowd numbering hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Kenosha police station chanting 'Black Lives Matter' and other slogans denouncing law enforcement. Demonstrators set fire to vehicles and smashed police cruiser windows as they faced off with police, who set off tear gas canisters to try to disperse the crowd.
Protesters demanded that the police officers be brought to justice. During the spontaneous rally, several police vehicles were damaged, the windows of a local municipal building were broken and one of the guards was injured.
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‼️PROTEST IS ON - Pt. 3, BUILDING BEING VANDALIZED, WITH LOOTING‼️(Videos of Shooting and of Officer Being Knocked Unconscious in Earlier Posts) ________ #KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS) — An #angry #crowd gathered in #protest after police #shot and wounded a man late Sunday afternoon in Kenosha, #Wisconsin. Late Sunday night, a curfew was issued for all of Kenosha County. At 5:11 p.m., Kenosha police officers were called to the 2800 block of 40th Street in Kenosha for a domestic incident. The man, identified in multiple reports as #JacobBlake, was shot by officers afterward. Graphic video of officers shooting Blake has begun circulating on social media. It shows the man walking to a vehicle with two officers behind him, when the shooting happens. The video appeared to have been taken from across the street. As described by The Associated Press, three officers are first heard shouting and pointing their weapons at a man who walks around the front of a sport-utility vehicle parked on the street. The man opens the driver’s side door and leans inside, and one officer grabs his shirt from behind and fires into the vehicle, The Associated reported. At least seven shots are heard in the video. It was not clear whether more than one officer fired, the AP reported. Police said officers provided immediate aid to the man, who was transported by a #FlightforLife #helicopter to #FroedtertHospital in #Milwaukee. He was in serious condition, police said. WDJT-TV, CBS 58 in Milwaukee, reported a large group gathered at the scene following the shooting. In video posted by CBS 58 reporter Kim Shine, people in the crowd were heard chanting, “No justice no peace!” Some raised their voices and used profanity. CBS 58 reported right before that, someone started a fire and an officer was attacked. The station reported a CBS 58 photographer was hit in the leg by a brick that someone threw at an exiting police car. People at the scene told CBS 58 that Blake was a father. (CBS) #blacklivesmatter #policebrutality #policeshooting
Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, and a curfew was imposed in the city.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said that Blake had been shot in the back several times and wished him a speedy recovery.