An incident that happened at Winsconsin in America has generated public uproar following a white police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black man seven times in the back.
This incident which occurred on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 5 pm was as a result of a domestic dispute that degenerated into a conflict which invited the presence of the police to maintain law and order.
Rioting and protests erupted in the wake of the shooting as the County of Kenosha declared a state of emergency and a curfew has been put into effect by authorities until 7 am on Monday.
The black man, who has been identified as 29-year-old Jacob Blake, was airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital, where he is listed in serious condition following the police shooting in Kenosha that prompted neighbours to gather and confront officers at the scene on Sunday night.
Reacting to the shooting, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statement denouncing “excessive use of force” by police.
As video of the shooting quickly went viral, more protesters took to the streets of Kenosha.
Video posted to social media shows a large crowd numbering hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Kenosha police station chanting “Black Lives Matter” and other slogans denouncing law enforcement.
Several protesters jumped on top of police squad cars and smashed windows.
One video circulating on social media shows a Kenosha police officer collapses to the pavement after witnesses said he was struck with a brick.
Another video shows a row of protesters walking toward a line of police officers clad in riot gear as simmering tensions threaten to escalate the situation.
A dump truck that was parked at an intersection to prevent traffic from moving toward the police department was set on fire.
Police did not provide details about what led to the shooting but said the person was transported to a hospital in Milwaukee for treatment.
In a video posted on social media Sunday that appeared to show the shooting from across the street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at Blake, who walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street.
As Blake opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle.
At least seven shots could be heard, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.
Local reports indicate that Blake’s children were inside the SUV and watched as their father was gunned down.
Watch Video Of The Shooting Below:
WARNING: Police fire several shots at point blank range towards the back of an unarmed Black man walking away and into a car in #Kenosha Wisconsin. Neighbors report that he was trying to break up a fight between 2 women. Why the use of lethal force? pic.twitter.com/Y0RWQ1y9Jn
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) August 24, 2020
BLM rioters commit mayhem tonight in Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/ERsQMzzQ4C
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) August 24, 2020