Protests erupt in Wisconsin after cops shoot black man 7 times in the back at point blank range

Jacob Blake
Jacob Blake
Police follow closely behind Jacob Blake, guns drawn, moments before shooting him multiple times in the back.
Another day, another black male shot by the police. This time in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where on Sunday evening 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot in the back as he walked away from police and attempted to enter his vehicle.

Moments before, according to witnesses, Blake had attempted to break up a domestic dispute between two women. At about 5:00 PM police arrived on the scene, and it’s unclear at the moment what lead up to police turning their attention to Blake.

What we know of the encounter comes from video footage recorded by a neighbor across the street, Raysean White. In the video Blake is seen walking away from police, as at least one officer following closely behind him, with his gun pointed to the back of Blake. As Blake makes his way to the driver-side door of his vehicle attempts to enter, the officer grabs his arm and shoots him seven times in the back.

Despite his injuries, Blake survived and is in intensive care in critical, but stable condition.

None of the police present had body cams.

Jacob Blake
Jacob Blake
The outrageous act committed by the police was witnessed by number of neighbors who had gathered outside. Blake’s fiancé, LaQuisha Booker, and his three children, ages 3, 5 and 8 – who were inside the car, also witnessed the attempted murder by police.

By nightfall, as word of the shoot spread, protests grew and lasted into the morning.

The three officers involved, including the shooter, have all been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated. In what has become comically predictable, the police union asked for patience, “As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgment until all the facts are known and released,” said Kenosha Professional Police Association president Pete Deates.

Wisconsin governor, Tony Evers, condemned the shooting.

“While we do not have all of the details yet,” the governor said in a statement, “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.”

“I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action,” the governor said. “In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”

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