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Kenosha, Wisconsin was caught up in protests Sunday night after a white cop shot an unarmed black father in the back SEVEN times as his three young children watched from the backseat of his SUV
Jacob Blake, 29, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times by white cop in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday afternoon
Police were responding to a domestic incident at a home in the area, though nature of the dispute is unclear
Video shows Blake walking toward an SUV as at least three cops follow with guns drawn
Blake appears to ignore police orders to stop and tries to get into the driver’s side of the SUV
That’s when at least seven gunshots were heard
Blake’s three young children were inside the SUV when the cop shot their dad as he was getting into the vehicle
Blake’s fiancee Laquisha Booker who was present at the scene said, “Disregard that my kids were in the car at all. And you [police], knew they were in there, because I kept screaming that”
Witnesses said Blake was trying to break up an argument between women in a home nearby
Blake is listed in serious condition after he was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee
Video of the shooting went viral igniting outrage in Kenosha as local residents gathered to protest and denounce the police, later joined by activists
A state of emergency has been declared in the County of Kenosha; A curfew is in effect until 7am local time as the protests descended into chaos, burning and destruction of public property
Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement slamming the ‘excessive use of force’ by police
An unarmed black man was yesterday shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in front of his children after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin 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.
Jacob Blake, 29, was rushed to hospital following the shooting that prompted neighbors 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.
Witnesses reported that at least three police officers had their guns drawn as Jacob Blake was walking away from them in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
As video of the shooting quickly went viral, protesters took to the streets of Kenosha, where police are on high alert.
Video obtained from TMX.News shows a large crowd numbering hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Kenosha police station chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and other slogans denouncing law enforcement.
Wisconsin police officer shoots Jacob Blake in the back seven times, as he walks away. The video of the Sunday incident went viral and sparked riots
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.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statement denouncing ‘excessive use of force’ by police.
The shooting happened at around 5pm as officers were responding to a ‘domestic incident,’ the Kenosha Police Department said in a news release.
In the video, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at Blake, who walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street.
As Blake opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle.
At least seven shots could be heard, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.
Blake’s three children were inside the SUV and watched as their father was gunned down, the family’s attorney, Ben Crump, confirmed.
Several witnesses said that Blake tried to break up a fight between two women outside a nearby home, according to Kenosha News.
Before resorting to gunfire, the police attempted to subdue Blake with a Taser, to no avail, it was reported.
Benjamin Crump shared video of the incident on his Twitter feed, and confirmed today he is now representing Blake’s family, and will ‘demand answers’ from police.
‘We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha Police. Even worse, his three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets.
‘Their irresponsible, reckless and inhumane actions nearly cost the life of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident. It’s a miracle he’s alive.’
Crump is the civil rights attorney who represents the family of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in late May.
Floyd’s death ignited massive nationwide protests and rioting as millions took to the streets over the course of several weeks to demand the police officers responsible be tried and convicted. Following the shooting, neighbors could be seen gathering in the streets and hurling comments at police. Some could be heard chanting, ‘No justice, no peace.’
Protesters gathered at the site of the shooting on Sunday night in KenoshaReports of rioting prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency in the County of Kenosha’
Kenosha police said Blake is in serious condition.
Tensions ran high near the crime scene on Sunday as neighbors gathered to vent their anger at police over the shooting.
A large crowd gathered near the area Sunday evening, eventually moving into downtown Kenosha, setting fires and causing other damage.
Protesters posted images from the scene in Kenosha. Many were heard chanting: ‘No justice, no peace’.
Blake’s family says children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.h
“You shot him numerous times, for no reason. It didn’t take all that,” fiance Laquisha Booker said. “Disregard that my kids were in the car at all. And you knew they were in there, because I kept screaming that.”
Several protesters jumped on top of police squad cars and smashed windows.
One video circulating on social media shows a Kenosha police officer collapse to the pavement after witnesses said he was struck with a brick.
Another video shows a row of protesters walking toward a line of police officers clad in riot gear as simmering tensions threaten to escalate the situation.
A dump truck that was parked at an intersection to prevent traffic from moving toward the police department was set on fire.
Several curious onlookers got close to the burning truck and started taking pictures, but others warned them that the fire could lead to an explosion and warned them to back away.
At 11:05pm, police formed a cordon around the front doors of the police station and then fired tear gas canisters in an effort to disperse a large crowd that had gathered there.
‘No justice, no peace!’ the crowd was heard chanting.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement saying he was ‘hoping earnestly’ that Blake ‘would not succumb to his injuries’
He was airlifted to a hospital in Milwaukee, where he was listed in critical condition. Witnesses reported Blake was trying to break up an argument between two women moments before he was shot by cops responding to a domestic disturbance call
‘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.’
The governor continued: ‘We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country – lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacy, and Sylville Smith.
‘And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.’
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol are currently investigating the incident.