Protests erupted overnight and Kenosha, Wisconsin was placed on a mandatory curfew as police shot Jacob Blake, a black man, from behind as he was entering his vehicle.
Officers were responding to a call about a domestic dispute. Many details have not been released as of yet, but the three officers who fired a total of seven shots at Blake have all been placed on administrative duty. Governor Tony Evers seems to have already made up his mind about what needs to be done in this case. “While we do not have all of the details yet,” the governor said in a statement, “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 sounds to be as fed up as everyone else. “I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action,” the governor said. “In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”
The President of the Kenosha police union have asked that the public not pass judgement until all of the facts are known and released. “As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident,” Deates said in a statement. “We ask that you withhold from passing judgment until all the facts are known and released.” Based on the footage, an officer grabbed Blake from behind as he was entering his vehicle and opened fire on him. Of the seven shots released, it has not been confirmed how many actually hit Jacob Blake - enough to leave him in serious condition in the hospital right now.
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