Car Dealership Set Ablaze in Kenosha, Wisconsin After Police Shot Black Man

On Sunday, police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot a 29-year-old man named Jacob Blake seven times in the back. Video was captured by a bystander and is very graphic. Blake was airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital in serious condition. Eyewitnesses told the Kenosha News that Blake was attempting to break up a fight between two women.

Blake’s family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, said that Blake’s three sons were in the car that he was entering as he was shot. According to the Washington Post, the officers in the video have been placed on leave. Early Monday morning, Blake’s brother told a reporter from NBC affiliate TMJ 4 that Blake got out of surgery and is fighting for his life in ICU.

Sunday evening into Monday morning, protests broke out in Kenosha, including a car dealership that was set on fire:

This is what the dealership looked like this morning:

Wisconsin’s governor Tony Evers tweeted the following after Blake was shot:

“Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries. 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.

“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,” Evers continued. “And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites. I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. 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.”

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Don’t know the details of this yet but i believe the good citizens of this country are way past tired of these criminal lawlessness riots that have nothing to do with what happened. I was near ground zero back when the Rodney King riots were going on and the only businesses that weren’t torched were the Asian ones who were on the rooftops with AK’s. That’s the language these rioters understand and you don’t have to say it twice.

  2. We get a bad rap in the south (im in jackson, mississippi) over race relations & everything else, but its funny (in an ironic way) that these incidents rarely if never happen in the bible belt. Its in areas with large populations of white liberals & low minority populations where these things happen. It fits my theory that white liberals are the real racist and white supremacist that are deathly afraid of african americans because.

  3. As others have said, I also believe that it is racist white liberals who have a lot to do with these riots. It is well documented that police Kill more whites than blacks each year. It is also well documented that, statistically, a disproportionate number of minorities are killed by police. There are numerous articles (by Steven Pinker, John McWhorter, Coleman Hughes), which point out that the problem is not that police are racist, but rather that police kill too many people period. Some of these articles point out that minorities are killed disproportionately because minorities are more likely to encounter police in dangerous high risk scenarios in poor neighborhoods (In other words, minorities are more likely to live in poorly run democrat cities). But instead of having a legitimate and truthful discussion, what do Democratic leaders like Tony Evers (governor of Wisconsin) do? They scream “white supremacy”……….And even though I do believe there are too many police shootings (of people of all colors), I can’t help thinking to something Whitlock has said before, along the lines of “If you comply with law enforcement, there is virtually no chance you will be shot”. I have always complied. I do everything they ask during every encounter I have with them. I realize they have stressful jobs and they never know who they are pulling over or encountering during a domestic dispute.

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