Wisconsin Cop Shoots Black Man in the Back as His Children Watch, Attorney Says (Video)
A Black man is fighting for his life and a white Kenosha, WI, police officer is under investigation after appearing to fire at least seven shots into the man’s back, sparking more police protests.
Video of the Aug 23 incident shows three officers standing with the man before he walks away from them toward the driver’s side of his car. An officer with his gun drawn follows the man, then grabs the back of the man’s shirt while firing multiple shots into his back. The victim appears to go limp in the vehicle, the car horn blaring. The injured man is then seen lying on the ground surrounded by four officers who appear to be giving him aid.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released the injured man’s name as Jacob Blake, writing on Twitter, “Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries.”
Police said they were called to the address to deal with a domestic disturbance, but it is unclear who called or what happened before the video recording began.
Jacob Blake and his sons
Attorney Benjamin Crump told CNN that Blake’s family reached out to him for assistance. Crump said Blake’s three young sons were in the car when he was shot. “They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!” Crump said in a post on Twitter.