Jacob Blake protests: Fresh clashes after Wisconsin shooting – USA: Jacob Blake protests: Fresh clashes after Wisconsin shooting – USA:
There have been clashes for a second night in Wisconsin, with buildings and cars set alight. Following the police shooting of a black man on Sunday. Jacob 29 is in a stable condition after he was shot in the city of Kenosha.
Governor Tony Evers has called up the National Guard to aid local police. The killing of black man George Floyd in Minnesota in May led to protests against racism and police brutality.
Demonstrations across the US and in many cities internationally put a spotlight on the treatment of African Americans. As by US law enforcement and prompted a wider reflection on racism in society.
Video footage of the Kenosha shooting, taken from across the street and shared on social media. Shows Mr Blake leaning into the car and an officer grabbing his shirt, with seven shots heard.
A curfew has been in effect in Kenosha from 20:00 local time 01:00 GMT. And will last until 07:00 on Tuesday – but has been defied by some protesters.
Jacob Blake protests: Fresh clashes after Wisconsin shooting – USA
What’s the latest on the streets?
It started out as an evening reminiscent of so many in cities across US after the killing of Floyd. But with hundreds of young people in Kenosha breaking a curfew to confront police lined up outside the courthouse.
The demonstrators, here this time to call for justice for Jacob Blake. But were initially pushing them back and dispersed with strong tear gas and the use of sound bombs but kept returning.
Even now in the early hours of the morning they still face the officers in their riot shields. “We’re not leaving”, they chant. In the surrounding streets we saw vehicles set on fire, buildings vandalized and whole rows of streetlights down.
“It is a breath of fresh air,” one young protester told me. “I am tired of being scared of the police killing me. Tonight they are going to listen.”
What is the police and government response?
In a press release, Governor Evers says the limited mobilization of the National Guard. Made at the request of local officials was to help law enforcement protect critical infrastructure. And make sure people could demonstrate safely. He says he was deploying 125 members of the National Guard on Monday night.
Earlier in the day some protesters were trying to force their way into Kenosha’s public safety building. Demanding that the officers in the act of shooting be in jail. A door was broken off its hinges before officers in riot gear used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
Hundreds of people had also marched on police headquarters on Sunday night to demonstrate against the shooting.
Governor Evers condemns the shooting, saying Mr Blake was not the first black man to have been shot. At the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country. But the Democratic governor has faced criticism for this response.
Pete Deates, head of Kenosha’s police union, says Mr Evers’ statement was wholly irresponsible. However says that people should wait until all facts are on table.
Mr Evers has also said there will be a special session of the state legislature on 31 August. They are to discuss a package of laws announced earlier this year on accountability. And transparency of the police following the police killing of George Floyd.
Lawmakers had “failed to act” in the two months since he announced the “commonsense policies”, the governor tweeted.
What do we know about the shooting?
Kenosha Police Department said the “officer involved shooting” happened shortly after 17:00 on Sunday. It adds that officers provided immediate aid to Mr Blake. Blake is now in the hospital in Milwaukee in serious condition.
The person who shot the video explains. Raysean White, narrates that before he began taking it, he saw police wrestle with Mr Blake. He says police punched and Tasered Mr Blake.
“Jacob kind of leaned on the car and they proceeded to wrestle him toward the back of the car. And he went to the other side,” Mr White notes.
It was then he start recording. Mr Blake is shown walking around the front of the SUV. The two officers closest to Mr Blake at this point on the video are white males. As he opens the door and leans into the car, one officer seen grabbing his shirt and opening fire. Seven shots can be heard in the video, as witnesses shout and scream. Mr Blake, who works as a security guard, is now out of surgery and improving.