Armed protesters shut down the streets in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday night after a police-involved shooting of an unarmed Black man in front of his three children in his car, earlier in the evening.
A large group of protesters can be seen in a video uploaded to Twitter – including at least two armed persons in the crowd – who blocked a police armored car from proceeding down a street. After a standoff with the protesters for a few minutes, the police began throwing tear gas canisters from the top of the vehicle to disperse the crowd. Moments later, gunshots can be heard after one of the protesters appeared to open fire. It’s not known if the weapon was being fired at the armored vehicle.
This is insane. BLM rioters armed with semi-auto rifles have shut down the street in #Kenosha and ordered a Sheriff’s vehicle to stop. Video by @livesmattershow. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/cDhmOBG1p9
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 24, 2020
The protests were in response to the shooting of an unarmed Black man identified as Jacob Blake. A shocking video shows police unload their weapons into the back of Blake.
In the video posted on social media that appeared to show the shooting from across a street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at the man, who appeared to be Black, as he walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street. As the man opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle. Seven shots could be heard on the video, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.
Following the shooting, social media posts showed neighbors gathering in the surrounding streets and hurling comments at police. Some could be heard chanting, ‘No justice, no peace.’
Anewspost previously reported about the shooting today expressing that the video was shocking you can view the horrific scene below.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement condemning the shooting. Evers later posted a statement on Twitter saying much of the same.
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.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) August 24, 2020
“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,” Evers said according to the AP. “We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country …
“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.”
In a statement released by the Kenosha Police Department, a spokesperson confirmed the father-of-three had been airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital, where he is said to be in a serious condition, but still alive at the time of this report.
Armed riots weren’t the only thing to take place, there was also an incident where a police officer was hit with a brick in the head. After the shooting of Blake, when officers arrived people began throwing bricks and other projectiles at them. One officer was even struck in the head and knocked unconscious by what appeared to be a brick according to a report.
Video appears to show police officer knocked unconscious after being struck in the head with a brick; Curfew declared in the city of #Kenosha after police shooting
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 24, 2020
There were also reports of looting stores and fires being set throughout the city like has been seen elsewhere in the U.S. following other shootings earlier this year. According to The Journal Times of Racine, at least one Molotov cocktails was thrown as well.
BLM rioters vandalizing and looting stores in Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/tGHbDzzGzu
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) August 24, 2020
Further, protesters gathered outside the Kenosha County Public Safety Building, chanting “no justice, no peace,” in video posted by Mike De Sisti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
— Mike De Sisti (@mdesisti) August 24, 2020
Reporter Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel posted video of vehicles on fire near the county courthouse.
— Meg Jones (@MegJonesJS) August 24, 2020
Authorities have enacted an emergency curfew which was put into effect at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the police-involved shooting according to a report by the New York Times. All officers involved were placed on administrative leave and the DOJ “aims to provide a report of the incident to the prosecutor within 30 days” to determine whether to file any charges.