USA: Protests in Wisconsin After Police Shoot Black Man in the Back

Published on Monday, August 24, 2020 by Includes Videos

PHOTO: A cellphone video posted to social media shows Kenosha, Wisconsin police officers firing seven shots at 29-year-old Jacob Blake as he tries to enter his vehicle on Sunday, August 24, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/Twitter)

Protests broke out in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the state’s Justice Department launched an investigation Sunday evening after police officers shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back multiple times at point-blank range as he tried to enter his vehicle.

Witnesses told local reporters that Blake was attempting to break up a fight prior to being shot by the officers, who closely followed Blake to his car and fired seven shots after he opened the driver-side door. According to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, Blake’s children were in the car when the officers shot their father.       

Blake is reportedly in serious condition. “He is out of surgery and in the ICU,” tweeted Daniel Poneman, a friend of Blake’s family. “He can make it through this. He is fighting for his life.”

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  • guyaneseonline  On August 25, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Jacob Blake: Father says man shot in Wisconsin is ‘paralysed’

    The black man shot many times in the back by Wisconsin police officers is paralysed from the waist down, his father has said.

    Jacob Blake, 29, was shot several times as he went to a car and opened its door in the city of Kenosha on Sunday.

    The shooting sparked two nights of protests in the city, with buildings and cars set alight.

    His father has now told a US newspaper that his son is paralysed – although doctors do not know if it is permanent.

    Jacob Blake Snr told the Chicago Sun Times his son had “eight holes” in his body.

    “What justified all those shots?” his father asked. “What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”

    READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53908303

  • Kman  On August 25, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    The officers involved in this should be given the same treatment, plus some interest, in front of their family, friends, colleagues. They should lose their pension. This would send a clear and direct message to other trigger happy cop outs.

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