SHOOT­ING OF MAN BY PO­LICE IN KENOSHA SEEN IN VIDEO

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY JOR­DAN CUL­VER

Of­fi­cials in Wis­con­sin are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter an of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing that left a Black man hos­pi­tal­ized was cap­tured on video and posted on so­cial me­dia Sun­day night.

Of­fi­cers from the Kenosha Po­lice De­part­ment re­sponded to a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent shortly af­ter 5 p.m. and “were in­volved in an of­fi­cer in­volved shoot­ing,” KPD said in a news re­lease. The man who was shot was air­lifted to a Mil­wau­kee hospi­tal and is in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, po­lice added.

The po­lice de­part­ment’s re­lease of­fered lit­tle ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, but graphic video cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia showed a man be­ing shot mul­ti­ple times. Video shows a man, iden­ti­fied by Wis­con­sin Gov. Tony Evers as Ja­cob Blake, walk­ing to­ward a car and be­ing fol­lowed by an of­fi­cer who has a weapon drawn.

The man opens the car door and reaches into the ve­hi­cle, and an of­fi­cer tugs on his shirt. At least seven gun­shots can be heard in the video, fol­lowed by a car horn. Two of­fi­cers can be seen in the video near the car; it is un­clear what hap­pened be­fore the video was recorded.

KPD said “of­fi­cers pro­vided im­me­di­ate aid” to the per­son who was shot. The video cir­cu­lat­ing on­line cuts away shortly af­ter the shoot­ing.

Large crowds gath­ered at the scene, the Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal-Sen­tinel re­ported.

Evers took to Twit­ter late Sun­day to say he and his wife are hop­ing for Blake’s re­cov­ery.

“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 wrote on Twit­ter.

Af­ter in­vok­ing the names of other Black peo­ple killed by po­lice, Evers added, “We stand against ex­ces­sive use of force and im­me­di­ate es­ca­la­tion when en­gag­ing with Black Wis­con­sinites.”

Kenosha, near the Illi­nois bor­der, is about 40 miles south of Mil­wau­kee. The Wis­con­sin De­part­ment of Jus­tice will in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing.

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