A man is hospitalized after being shot by an officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23.
A man is hospitalized after being shot by an officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23.

Kenosha shooting: Jacob Blake’s name was trending on social networks and thousands signed a petition requiring the officers involved to be charged.

The shooting comes amid increased stress in the United States over bigotry and police cruelty following the death of African-American man George Floyd earlier this year.

What occurred?
Kenosha Cops Department stated the “officer involved shooting” happened soon after 17:00 on Sunday. It added that officers had actually supplied “immediate help” to Mr Blake, who was taken to a healthcare facility in Milwaukee.

It said police had actually been reacting to a “domestic incident” however provided no details about what led to the shooting.

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice is examining the occurrence. It stated the officers included had been put on administrative leave.

In video footage shared on social networks, 3 officers can be seen pointing their weapons at a guy identified as Mr Blake as he walks around a parked SUV. As he unlocks and leans into the automobile, one officer can be seen getting his t-shirt and opening fire. Seven shots can be heard in the video, as witnesses shout and yell.

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The officers included have actually not been formally called.

Prominent civil liberties legal representative Ben Crump told CNN that Mr Blake’s household had reached out to him for support.

In a tweet, he stated Mr Blake’s three sons were in the vehicle he was getting into 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,” he wrote.

He said the shooting took place after Mr Blake tried to separate a fight.

Witnesses also told regional news site Kenosha News that Mr Blake had actually tried to separate a fight in between 2 females which authorities had tried to utilize a Taser on him prior to the shooting.

Clyde McLemore, a spokesman with a nearby chapter of Black Lives Matter, informed press reporters  “the frustration is boiling to the top and we’re sick and tired”.

Black Lives Matter protests were held throughout the US and around the world after African-American male George Floyd was eliminated in cops custody in Wisconsin’s neighbouring state of Minnesota in May.

A white police officer knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes before he died. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder.


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