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The Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer fired seven shots that appeared to be aimed at an extremely short distance into the back of a man as the man leaned toward a car, highly disturbing video shows. Video from August 23 captures the sound of seven gunshots. It appears that the officer opens fire while holding the back of the man’s shirt. The man is in serious condition. You can see the video below, but it is graphic.
Gov. Tony Evers released the name of the wounded man as Jacob Blake and wrote on Twitter: “Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back in broad daylight in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kathy and I join with her family, friends and neighbors in the sincere hope that she will not succumb to her injuries.
KENOSHA WISCONSIN CITY WIDE CURFEW UNTIL 7AM
You can read about Blake’s background here. The city imposed a curfew. “‼ ️ CURFEW CITY UNTIL 7 AM‼ ️,” police wrote the night of August 24.
According to Kenosha News, the shooting occurred in front of the man’s children.
Here is the video:
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I’ve never seen such a casual street execution …
Another Black Man was shot 7 times in the back.
Kenosha #Wisconsin. He is in critical condition.
This won’t end until we finish it! When will it be enough? #NegroLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/pVgCwbJoKh
– Terrence Daniels (Captain 🍀 Planet) (@Terrence_STR) August 24, 2020
Here’s a different point of view:
Outrage is erupting in the southeastern Wisconsin community, which sits between Milwaukee and Chicago.
Kenosha alderman, Kevin Mathewson
A former Kenosha councilor, Kevin Mathewson, was one of those who shared the video on Facebook. Please note that this is a very disturbing video. You can see it here. “Kenosha police shot the man 7 times in the back,” he wrote. “Why the hell did you shoot him so many times?” a man yells at the officer in the video. A woman named Telicia Phillips appears to have posted the videos for the first time. Heavy has reached out to her for comment.
This is Jacob Blake, 29, who was shot by Kenosha police. His fiance shared this photo with us. pic.twitter.com/6Si9lkCPFu
– Sarah Thamer (@SarahThamerWISN) August 24, 2020
Here are some screenshots from the video.