An unarmed Black man was shot in the back seven times by a police officer in front of his children, sparking fresh protests in Wisconsin over the weekend.
Kenosha Police officers say they were called to a domestic incident at around 5 p.m. local time, on Sunday, August 23rd, before the shooting took place. The shocking video shows police unload their weapons into the back of a man identified as Jacob Blake.
Blake was unarmed according to reports of the incident.
Video shows Blake being walked towards a vehicle with two officers before shots can be heard being fired into the vehicle.
— chrizi (@nolimitchrizi) August 23, 2020
Following the incident, angry crowds gathered at the scene on Sunday evening, prompting authorities to put a curfew in place at 7 a.m. on Monday morning.
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.
Police declined to publicly say why the shooting happened. However, the video appears to show Blake walking over to the driver’s side of the door and leaning inside before an officer grabbed his shirt and fired into the vehicle. At least seven shots can be heard in the disturbing footage.
Early reports even claimed Blake’s children were present in the vehicle and saw their father being gunned down by officers.
Kenosha News reports that officers were responding to a call after Blake attempted to break up a fight between two women outside a nearby home, with officers reportedly tasering the father when they arrived on the scene.
A civil rights attorney who is also representing the family of George Floyd has spoken out about the incident on Twitter. Benjamin Crump stated in a tweet that Blake's kids will be traumatized forever. Crump also confirmed initial reports that Blake's kids were in the car.
"They saw a cop shoot their father," Crump tweeted. "They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!"
Confirmed: Jacob Blake’s 3 SONS were IN THE CAR he was getting into when @KenoshaPolice shot him tonight. They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!! #JusticeForJacobBlake
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 24, 2020
Wisconsin's Gov. Tony Evers condemned the police involved shooing on Twitter stating he stood “against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”
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
The shooting comes after months of global Black Lives Matter protests, calling for an end to police brutality. The protests started in May after the killing of Floyd by white police officer who caused asphyxiation. All of the officers were charged in that incident awaiting trial.
As for the latest shooting, thus far no officer has been charged at the time of this report. Although, 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.