SHOOTING OF MAN BY POLICE IN KENOSHA SEEN IN VIDEO
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.