UPDATE 12:02 a.m.: Most people protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha Police did so peacefully and marched from 40th Street and 28th Avenue to the Kenosha Police Department. But some chose violence. They started several dump trucks on fire, smashed cars, broke windows, and threw bleach bombs. SWAT teams responded by launching tear gas and blocking off the roads with armored tanks.
Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr. wrote on Facebook that his son was “alive and stable.”
Governor Tony Evers issued the following statement:
“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. 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.”
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UPDATE 11: 20 p.m. Sunday: The County of Kenosha has declared a state of Emergency Curfew for 10:15 PM tonight August 23rd. The public needs to be off the streets for their safety. The Kenosha Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing the curfew until 7:00 AM.
UPDATE 9:55 p.m. Sunday: Protesters gathered in the neighborhood after a man was shot by Kenosha Police Sunday night. Officers responded in riot gear. An officer was injured after being hit in the head with a brick.
Preliminary reports indicate that the name of the man who was shot is Jake Blake.
KENOSHA, WI – A man is in serious condition after Kenosha Police shot him several times at 5:11 p.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of 40th Street.
The shooting followed a domestic incident, according to a press release by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
A video showed several officers trying to arrest the man, who walked away from them. With guns drawn, the man was getting into the vehicle when the man was shot multiple times. After the shooting, officers rendered aid to the man. Rescue personnel from the Kenosha Fire Department took the man to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
It was unclear if the man was armed or not.
Officers from the Kenosha Police Department turned over the scene to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation are conducting the investigation.
Please note that the video is extremely violent and should not be watched by children. This is a breaking news story and we will update it when we receive more information.