Police shoot black man with his kids in the car watching. This has caused more protests and rioting. When will this injustice stop? We must continue to peacefully fight for change! What laws need to be put in place for this to stop?
A Kenosha police shooting that left a Black man injured Sunday afternoon and was captured on video led to protests overnight. The man was shot multiple times as he tried to get into a vehicle, with some of the incident captured on cellphone video.
The man, identified as Jacob Blake, is in stable condition, according to attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Blake’s family.
The shooting happened after 5 p.m. Sunday in the 2800-block of 40th Street when officers responded to a domestic incident, according to the Kenosha Police Department.
Three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at Blake as he walked around the front of a parked SUV. As Blake opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle. Seven shots could be heard, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.
“The officers were responding to a fight,” said witness La-Ron Franklin.” It was some girls fighting. A gentleman was breaking up the fight. When he was turning to get his kids, the officer shot this man seven times.” Blake’s fiancée Laquisha Booke said that Blake was unarmed. “That don’t make no sense to treat somebody like that, who is not armed, with the kids in the back screaming,” she said. The Blake family’s attorney Crump said that his three sons were in the vehicle.
A relative of Blake confirmed that he is the grandson of the late Pastor Jacob Blake Sr., who served as pastor of Evanston’s Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church
Neighbors confronted law enforcement at the scene and then crowds started marching in the streets. They headed to the Kenosha County Public Safety Building, which authorities had mostly blocked off.
Protesters faced off with officers who were dressed in riot gear that included plastic face masks. Officers held plastic shields and batons that they occasionally used to push people back. While many people protested peacefully, others chose violence.
Police used pepper balls in the confrontation. Several garbage trucks were set on fire. Protesters also spray-painted on the Kenosha County Courthouse. A fire was started in the ground floor of the courthouse. Those fires are now under control.
By late Sunday, there were reports that some people lit several dump trucks on fire, smashed cars, broke windows, and threw bleach bombs as crowds faced off with law enforcement. Officers in riot gear stood in lines and SWAT vehicles remained on the streets to move people away from city buildings despite the declaration of an overnight curfew. Tear gas was used to disperse groups of people, according to reporters at the scene.
A person has been hospitalized in serious condition following a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that prompted neighbors and crowds to gather and confront officers at the scene. A used car lot was burned and businesses along 6th Street had shattered windows and a restaurant that had been closed for a few years was burned down.
“It’s devastating, it’s devastating,” said Sue Tishuk, owner of Mangia Restaurant. “This is my family and this is terrible.”
“I’m born and raised here and it’s never been like this,” said resident Claire Pauschert. “When there is not equality in our country, what else can you possibly expect?” said Kenosha resident Kate Gallion. “People are hurting. Why would they behave this way if they were not hurting?”
It is unclear if any arrests were made and as of right now there were no reports of injuries to officers.
A state of emergency has been declared and a curfew will be in effect at 8 p.m. east of I-94. The curfew will remain in effect until 7 a.m.
Gov. Evers condemned the shooting Sunday night saying in a statement that “while we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers calls for a special legislative session in wake of the Kenosha police shooting. Meanwhile, The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the shooting The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also reacted to the shooting on Twitter, saying, “Yesterday in Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, a father, 7 times in the back. I am deeply disturbed by the video capturing part of the incident. I urge civil & criminal authorities to pursue an immediate & thorough investigation of the shooting. “We pray that Mr. Blake survives. And we pray for his children, and for peace and justice in Kenosha.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown discusses deployments for probationary officers as well as weekend violence.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation released a statement saying they are leading the investigation.