A Black man shot in the back, a viral video and civil unrest: Kenosha and the rest of the country is on edge after latest police shooting


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Summary generated on August 25, 2020


    Three months after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, sparking national protests, police in Kenosha shot a Black man in the back as he got into a car with his children inside, according to video and a statement from the attorney representing the man's family.

    Violent unrest broke out after video of the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, was widely disseminated on social media Sunday evening, prompting Gov. Tony Evers on Monday to call out the National Guard.

    "Stable. Still here," said his father, also named Jacob Blake.

    Angry crowds gathered soon after Blake was shot shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.

    A police officer was injured when he was struck by a brick.

    Later, police used tear gas on crowds gathered past the city's 8 p.m. curfew.

    The events echoed those that occurred after Floyd's death around the country, including in Milwaukee after the death of Joel Acevedo at the hands of an off-duty Milwaukee police officer.

    Attorney General Josh Kaul declined to provide further details about the shooting at a news conference Monday afternoon and did not answer questions about whether Blake had been armed during any point of the incident.

    Kenosha police officers are not equipped with body cameras.

    Since 2003, Kenosha police have fatally shot at least four people.

    Bell's father, who shares his name, has spent years advocating for more accountability when police use deadly force.

    Largely due to his efforts, Wisconsin in 2014 became the first state to require all deaths at the hands or in the custody of police to be reviewed by an outside agency.

    A door was snapped off its hinges, and police pepper-sprayed the crowd; five or 10 people were hit, including photographers from the Associated Press and .

    Police in riot gear then came to guard the entrance.

    All I-94 exit ramps in Kenosha County were closed starting around 6 p.m. with police vehicles and trucks preventing motorists from getting off the highway.

    Two male police officers follow him, their guns drawn.

    As Blake opens the door to get into the SUV, an officer grabs his shirt, then shoots him in the back at close range.

    Crump said three of Blake's six children were in the SUV when the shooting occurred.

    "Hopefully the governor and everybody will do everything in their power to offer humanity to his family as they try to continue to see him survive this. The humanity that those police officers didn't offer to him when they shot at him those seven times from point-blank range," Crump said.

    According to police radio traffic, Kenosha police were dispatched to the 2800 block of 40th Street at 5:10 p.m. Sunday for "Family trouble."

    "Complaint says Jacob Blake isn't supposed to be there and he took the complainant's keys and ... is refusing to give them back," the dispatcher said.

    About five minutes after the call came in, police radioed that shots had been fired and they needed backup.

    Kenosha police have not released more information about the shooting, saying only that officers were sent to the apartment for a "Domestic incident." Authorities have not said if Blake was believed to be involved in that situation.

    Blake had an open warrant stemming from a domestic case in May, but police officials have not said if the officers were aware of the warrant when they responded to the call Sunday.

    A man who lives on Blake's street said about 15 minutes before the shooting, Blake was barbecuing with his kids.

    The neighbor, who did not want his name used for fear of police retaliation, said he went to the store and returned shortly after 5 p.m., when he saw Blake trying to break up a fight.

    Police are generally permitted to use deadly force if someone poses an immediate threat to the safety of officers or others.

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday called lawmakers into session to take action on a package of bills aimed at reducing the prevalence of police brutality.

    The move would ban police chokeholds and no-knock search warrants and make it harder for overly aggressive officers to move from one job to another.

    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he's forming a task force focusing on racial disparities, educational opportunities, public safety and police policies and standards.