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Another tragic police shooting of a Black man has sparked outcry across the nation. Jacob Blake, age 29, was shot multiple times in front of his children in a police shooting on August 23.

In a video circulating on social media that allegedly captured the shooting, Blake is seen walking from the passenger side of a car around to the driver’s side, while officers aim their weapons at him. After Blake opens the door of the vehicle and leans in, an officer pulls him backwards and multiple shots are fired. Blake, who survived the shooting, is currently in critical condition.

According to a statement released by the Kenosha Police Department, officers were responding to a “reported domestic incident” in the area before shooting Blake, and “the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.” Unverified reports on social media suggest that Blake had broken up a fight between two women prior to being shot.

Attorney Ben Crump, who says he is representing the family, said that Blake’s three sons were in the car and witnessed the shooting. “We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us,” he wrote. “Our kids deserve better!” 

“Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. “Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries. 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.”

Evers’ statement named other lives lost to police shootings. “We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country—lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacy, and Sylville Smith,” the statement said. “And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.



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