24 August 2020 20:42
50 Cent and Cardi B have expressed their disgust at the shooting of Jacob Blake (Picture: Rex) Cardi B, 50 Cent and Rosanna Arquette are among the celebrities who have expressed their outrage over the shooting of unarmed black man Jacob Blake in the US. Footage has emerged of officers attempting to arrest Blake, 29, in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin before shooting him several times. A white police officer was seen grabbing Blake's shirt before seven gunshots were heard. Blake is currently in critical condition in hospital. There are also unconfirmed local reports that his children were in the car at the time of the incident.
Protests have erupted in Wisconsin since the video went viral overnight on Sunday and celebrities have expressed their disgust at the upsetting footage. Advertisement WAP rapper Cardi B shared the clip with her followers and wrote in an Instagram post: 'Wow this is SICKENING! I can't believe it! What's going to be the excuse now? They just don't give a f**k nomore!
BLM [sic].' Friends actress Aisha Tyler added: 'He was trying to break up a fight. He wasn't armed. Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in broad daylight (Picture: Rex) Blake is seen here with one of his sons (Picture: Facebook) There are unconfirmed reports that Blake's children were in the car with him at the time of the shooting (Picture: @attorneycrump/Instagram) 'He was relieved police had arrived to handle the fight, so he went to get in his car and drive his children safely home. 'They shot him seven times. In front of his children. Jacob Blake.' Civil rights activist Munroe Bergdorf also shared Instagram posts calling for 'Justice for Jacob Blake' and directed her followers to links where they could contribute support. The shooting of Blake comes just three months after another black man, George Floyd, died after white police officers in Minnesota knelt on his neck for eight minutes as he cried: 'I can't breathe.' Floyd's tragic death sparked Black Lives Matter protests in the US and around the world to crack down on police brutality and racism. Got a showbiz story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Protests erupt after police shoot 'unarmed' black dad Jacob Blake in front of his kids JACOB Blake's fiancée Laquisha Booker said Wisconsin police shot Blake while their three children watched. A video circulating on social media shows Blake walking towards a car followed by two officers and one of them shooting him as he opens the car door. 7 Jacob Blake's fiancee Laquisha Booker Credit: ABC7 He was unarmed - and was shot seven times in the back. Who is Jacob Blake's fiancee Laquisha Booker? Laquisha Booker claims to be the fiancee of Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot by white Wisconsin police. 7 The video of Blake's shooting has gone viral Credit: Raysean White via TMX.news The shooting happened at about 5pm local time in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as officers were responding to a "domestic incident." 7 The incident has sparked protests Credit: ABC7 Witnesses said Blake was trying to break up an argument between women in a home nearby. Blake was immediately taken to a hospital by the police, according to a statement issued by the Kenosha Police Department. 7 Jacob Blake Credit: Facebook What did she say about the shooting? Booker said cops shot Blake in front of their kids. "You shot him numerous times for no reason, " Booker told WMTJ-TV. "Disregard that my kids were in the car at all. And you knew they were in there because I kept screaming that." 7 Booker told cops her children were in the car Credit: ABC7 Police didn't make any comment on what led to the shooting. Furious crowds have gathered at the scene and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, according to reports on social media. Multiple fires were set at the scene by a crowd that gathered to protest against the incident, according to further reports. Do they have kids together? The couple have three children together. Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney who is representing the family of George Floyd, shared the video of Blake's shooting on Twitter and confirmed that his three children, all sons, were in the car. 7 Blake and his three sons Credit: Facebook/Jake Blake Another woman named Chyna Smith posted a different angle of the shooting on Facebook and wrote, "He was just bbq for his son bday they shot an unarmed black man in front of his sons." Is Jacob in a stable condition following the shooting? Blake is seriously wounded as a result of the incident and is still recovering in the hospital. 7 Blake is in critical condition Credit: Facebook/Jake Blake Governor Tony Evers wrote on Twitter that he is "hoping earnestly that [Blake] will not succumb to his injuries." Most read in US News GLAMPER VAN Girl, 11, transforms old camper van into her very own 'tiny home' all for $800 BRUTE FORCE White cop shoots unarmed black dad in back SEVEN TIMES in front of his kids LEFT TO ROAST Dramatic moment cops rescue screaming baby covered in vomit from 120F hot car LEFT TO DIE Mom 'killed son, 8, by locking him in garage forcing him to wet himself' 'LOW LIFE' Looters 'snatch firefighter's wallet & drain bank account as he fought blaze' DON A ROLL Trump tells crowd to chant '12 more years' as he's nominated for re-election "While we do not have all of the details yet," Evers continued, "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." The incident has sparked city-wide unrest which has prompted the County of Kenosha to declare a state of emergency. A curfew was imposed until 7am. Cops in Wisconsin "must be held accountable" after shooting a Black man in the back in front of his young children, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Monday. Police shot Jacob Blake, 29, multiple times in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday as he opened the door to a vehicle where, an attorney hired by his family said, his three children sat. Blake was taken to a Milwaukee hospital and is stable after coming out of surgery, NBC News reported. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave as an investigation takes place, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said Monday. It was not immediately clear how many officers shot Blake. The shooting, the latest in a string of police violence against Black Americans captured on video this year, sparked uproar and protests against systemic racism in Wisconsin. Democratic politicians called not only for justice for Blake but also for changes to address systemic racism at the root of excessive use of force against Black people. "This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable," Biden said in a statement Monday. "These shots pierce the soul of our nation. Jill and I pray for Jacob's recovery and for his children," the former vice president continued. "Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others. We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. It is the urgent task before us."