Black man shot in back seven times by WI police in front of his children – ages 3, 5 and 8
WISCONSIN – Jacob Blake, a 29 year old African-American man, was shot seven times on Sunday by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake, who was unarmed, was gunned down in front of his three children – ages 3, 5 and 8 – while attempting to enter into an SUV.
Police were originally called to the area due to a domestic dispute. Witnesses say that Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women in a nearby home. Video footage shows Blake walking toward a SUV with three cops following him with guns drawn. It appears that they are issuing an order to him that he ignored, and then they fired shots at him. His children were in the SUV and witnessed this ordeal.
Ben Crump, the attorney representing the Blake family, said he is now in stable condition in an ICU. Crump posted a video of the Sunday evening shooting in Kenosha, which quickly spread across social media. The shooting has sparked more protests, forcing county officials to institute a curfew that remained in place until Monday morning. A subsequent curfew was put in place effective at 8 p.m. on Monday, and until 7 a.m. this morning, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.
Police Union Says There is More to the Story
CNN reports that the police union representing the officers urged the public to withhold judgment until the state Justice Department completes its investigation.
"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 Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha Professional Police Association.
The local district attorney, said his office is tasked with making two determinations. "One, did any officer in this case commit any crimes? And two, are there any crimes we believe were committed that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt? If those two things are concluded as a yes, then criminal charges would be brought at the end of that process," he said.
State Attorney General Josh Kaul assured that his office "will unwaveringly pursue justice in this case."