24 August 2020 12:38
(CNN) A man is fighting for his life after he was shot by an officer with the Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. A graphic video purported to be of the shooting and posted on Facebook, shows at least two police officers following the man with guns drawn as he walks from the passenger side of a gray vehicle to the driver's side. When the man opens the door of the vehicle and tries to get in, one of the officers is seen grabbing him by the T-shirt. At least seven gunshots are heard, and the man appears to go limp in the vehicle, the car horn blaring. Police said they were called to the address to deal with a domestic disturbance, but it is unclear who called or what happened before the video recording began.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers identified the victim as Jacob Blake in a statement released shortly after the incident occurred. Evers said Blake was critically injured when he was shot multiple times. A US police officer is being investigated after Jacob Blake was shot in the back (Picture: Twitter) Protests have erupted in the US state of Wisconsin after police shot a black man multiple times in the back in broad daylight. Confronting video posted on social media overnight shows officers attempting to arrest Jacob Blake, 29, with guns drawn before he attempts to get in the driver's seat of a parked car in the city of Kenosha. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement a Kenosha Police Department officer had been put on leave while the shooting was investigated.
The video showed people kicking at police vehicles and later it appeared some fireworks were set off. "Things have been very heated, tons of damage to cop cars, an officer was actually knocked out," the person taking video said. At 12:21 a.m., a few hundred people could be seen milling around the courthouse, which was tagged with graffiti condemning the shooting and police. Officers formed a line behind a police vehicle and continued to deploy what appeared to be tear gas or smoke bombs. Please leave the area," police could be heard telling the crowd as gas canisters were fired their way.
He tweeted: "Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "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. 11 Ben Crump, the lawyer for George Floyd's family tweeted the distressing footage which shows the shooting Furious crowds gathered at the scene and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, according to reports in social media. Clyde McLemore, who local Kenosha TV identified as part of a nearby chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, said: "The frustration is boiling to the top and we're sick and tired. 11 Multiple fires were set at the scene by a crowd that gathered to protest against the incident Credit: Instagram/bmgfamo 11 Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting as an 'excessive use of force' Credit: Alamy Live News Social media posts showed large crowds marching down streets and throwing Molotov cocktails and bricks at the police, with one officer reportedly injured. The incident on Sunday was likely to add to continuing outrage and protests in the United States and abroad against police brutality and racism. Protests have erupted in the US state of Wisconsin after police shot a black man many times while responding to what they said was a domestic incident. The man, identified as Jacob Blake, is in a serious condition in hospital. Video posted online appears to show Mr Blake being shot in the back as he tries to get into a car in the city of Kenosha. In a public safety alert, police urged 24-hour businesses to consider closing because of "numerous" calls about armed robberies and shots being fired. Officers used tear gas to try to disperse hundreds of protesters who defied the county-wide curfew, which is in place until 07:00 on Monday (12:00 GMT). Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting of Mr Blake, who was reportedly unarmed. "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," he said in a statement. Jacob Blake's name was trending on social media and thousands signed a petition calling for the officers involved to be charged. The shooting comes amid heightened tensions in the US over racism and police brutality following the death of African-American man George Floyd earlier this year. Kenosha Police Department said the "officer involved shooting" happened shortly after 17:00 on Sunday. It said police had been responding to a "domestic incident" but gave no details about what led to the shooting. In video footage shared on social media, three officers can be seen pointing their weapons at a man identified as Mr Blake as he walks around a parked SUV. In a tweet, he said Mr Blake's three sons were in the car he was getting into when he was shot. He said the shooting happened after Mr Blake tried to break up a fight. Witnesses also told local news site Kenosha News that Mr Blake had tried to break up a fight between two women and that police had attempted to use a Taser on him prior to the shooting. Black Lives Matter protests were held across the US and around the world after African-American man George Floyd was killed in police custody in Wisconsin's neighbouring state of Minnesota in May. A white police officer knelt on Mr Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes before he died.