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:
Up close look at an entire car dealership set ablaze by BLM arsonists in Kenosha, Wisconsin overnight. pic.twitter.com/w6kz717VAG
Video via @livesmattershow
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 24, 2020
This is what the dealership looked like this morning:
— Cassidy Williams (@CassidyWtv) August 24, 2020
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.”