The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, an African-American man who appeared to be unarmed and was shot multiple times in the back by police on Sunday, sparking a night of unrest and drawing condemnation from the governor.
A video circulating on social media showed Blake walking toward the driver's side of a gray SUV followed by two officers with their guns drawn at his back.
Seven gunshot sounds can be heard as Blake, who appears to be unarmed, opens the car door.
The family’s lawyer, who has represented the family of George Floyd, said Blake’s sons were just a few feet away.
The shooting occurred around 5 p.m. on Sunday. It was unknown whether the officers saw something inside the vehicle to justify deadly force.
It was also not clear whether one or both officers fired their weapons. Demonstrators took to the streets of Kenosha and the city declared a curfew.
In a tweet, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, wrote “We stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”
Blake was taken to a hospital in serious condition . Blake's father told NBC News on Monday that his son was out of surgery and in stable condition.
Clyde McLemore, a local civil rights activist, linked Blake’s shooting to a long history of racist violence.
"We’re tired of it. Rodney King. We’re tired of it. And right now, this is the wrong generation that this is happening to. The frustration is boiling to the top and we’re sick and tired.”
The shooting of Blake occurred three months after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in Minneapolis police custody, sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and structural racism in the United States.
- Several Wisconsin police officers are on administrative leave on Monday following a night of protests after cops appeared to shoot an unarmed African-American man multiple times in the back.
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- Demonstrators took to the streets of Kenosha Sunday night. And the city declared a curfew. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers identified the individual shot by police as 29-year-old Jacob Blake. Cell phone footage circulated on social media purports to show Kenosha Police trying to arrest Blake on Sunday, who turns away from them and opens the door to a car. Police then appear to shoot him repeatedly in the back at close range.
In a tweet, Evers, a Democrat, wrote, "we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites." Evers said Blake was hospitalized in serious condition. Clyde McLemore is a local civil rights activist who linked Blake's shooting to a long history of racist violence.
CLYDE MCLEMORE: We're tired of it. Rodney King. We're tired of it. And right now, this is the wrong generation that this is happening to. The frustration is boiling to the top. And we're sick and tired.
- The incident comes amid a renewed reckoning over police brutality since the death in May of George Floyd after he was pinned under the knee of a white police officer for nearly nine minutes. In Portland, Oregon, which has seen nightly protests against police for months, demonstrators gathered to protest against the shooting of Blake and unarmed Black people.