Jacob Blake shootings: Kenosha protesters defy another curfew on third night of protests


An overnight shooting left one dead and two others injured, according to information from the New York Times. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told The Times gunshots rang out along a street near a gas station early Wednesday. The sheriff’s office is investigating whether the shooting was the result of a conflict between protesters and a group of gunmen who were protecting businesses.

CNN has contacted the Kenosha Police Department and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.

Blake’s family called for peaceful protests on Tuesday, condemning the destruction the town of Kenosha has suffered in recent nights, including burnt buildings and cars. After the first two nights of unrest, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency and increased the number of National Guard members deployed to Kenosha County to 250.

“As I was driving here, through this city, I noticed a lot of damage that didn’t reflect my son or my family,” said Julia Jackson, Blake’s mother. “If Jacob knew what was going on with regard to this, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unhappy.

Blake, a black man, was gunned down by police on Sunday evening after his lawyer Ben Crump said he tried to break up an argument between two women. Video filmed by a man across the street shows an officer following Blake at close range and pulling his tank top as Blake attempted to enter an SUV. Seven shots are heard. In the SUV were Blake’s three children, the attorney has previously said.Blake underwent surgery on Tuesday afternoon and his family say he is now paralyzed from the waist down. His shooting – like several others in recent months – has sparked protests across the country, with protesters calling for police reform. After George Floyd died in Minneapolis with police resting one knee against his neck, protests across the country lasted for weeks and in many cities never stopped.

“Why did the police shoot my father?

Patrick Salvi Jr., an attorney for the family, said Blake suffered multiple injuries as a result of the shooting, including a gunshot wound to an arm, kidney, liver and spinal cord injuries.

Jacob Blake's family hope he can recover and have a 'great quality of life', uncle says

“He had a bullet in all or part of his spinal cord, at least a bullet,” Salvi said. “He has holes in his stomach. He had to have most of his colon and small intestine removed.

Crump said it would take “a miracle” for Blake to walk again after the shooting.

In a moving statement, Blake’s father Jacob Blake Sr. thanked those supporting the family.

“They shot my son seven times, seven times. As if it didn’t matter. But my son matters, ”he said. “He’s a human being and he matters. ”

According to Blake’s lawyer, Blake’s sons – ages 3, 5 and 8 – watched the scene unfold from the car.

“All my grandson asks repeatedly is, ‘Why did the police shoot my father in the back? Blake’s father said Tuesday.

Family lawyer calls for arrest of officer

Two Kenosha officers have been on administrative leave since the shooting. The local police union urged the public not to judge until a state investigation is completed.

The shooting is being investigated by the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office, Michael Graveley, and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which plans to report to the Graveley office. within 30 days, he said.

“We’re being asked to make two determinations,” Graveley said. “First, has any office in this case committed any crimes, and second, are there any crimes that we believe have been committed that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt? ”

If the answer to both questions is yes, Graveley has said he will file a complaint.

Crump on Tuesday called on prosecutors to arrest the officer who shot Blake and demanded that all officers “who violated policies and their training be immediately fired.”

“People wonder why we have to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ – that’s why. Because Julia and Jacob Sr.’s son has not been treated with the humanity that we often give to our white siblings. And it must stop, and it must stop at the highest levels of our government, ”he said.

“We cannot close our eyes to willful indifference. ”

While the shooting is under investigation by state and local authorities, federal investigators are examining the circumstances surrounding the police shooting, a federal law enforcement source told CNN on Tuesday. The US Department of Justice and FBI agents in Wisconsin are gathering information to determine whether a federal civil rights investigation will be opened, the source said.

CNN’s Raja Razek and Josh Campbell contributed to this report.


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