BREAKING: Jacob Blake Incident Sparks Wisconsin Protests and Riots; Blake’s Attorney Confirms He is Paralyzed
Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American man was shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer on Sunday, August 23.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney hired by Blake’s family stated that Blake tried breaking up a fight between two women located outside an apartment complex in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
After police arrived on the scene, footage shows that Blake proceeded to walk towards his car when two police officers attempted to restrain him. When Blake resisted, one of the officers shot him in the back seven times while others witnessed, including his three younger sons who were sitting in the back of his SUV.
Raysean White, a witness to the crime scene, recorded the altercation that went viral on Facebook. As locals saw the video, protests against police brutality began to break out Monday night in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday, August 25, following an outburst of riots. Multiple car dealerships and small businesses were set ablaze. Gov. Evers supports those wanting to express their First Amendment rights, but urged them to do so in a safe and orderly manner.
But the riots continued on into Tuesday night, with the national guard called into Kenosha to enforce an 8 p.m. curfew after a number of warnings. Surrounding businesses completely boarded up their shops to prepare for possible damage. Video footage from Scriberr field reporter, Kalen D’Almeida, shows rioters throwing pieces of concrete at law enforcement officials.
In a series of tweets, the governor stated: “We cannot forget the reason why these protests began, and what we have seen play out over the last two nights and many nights this year is the pain, anguish, and exhaustion of being Black in our state and country.”
Governor Evers also added, “Tonight, and in the days ahead, if you are going to protest, please do so peacefully and safely. Please do not allow the actions of a few distract us from the work we must do together to demand justice, equity, and accountability.”
Benjamin Crump gave an update on Jacob Blake’s condition via Twitter on Aug. 25 saying, “Confirmed: Jacob Blake currently paralyzed from the waist down. Praying it’s not permanent. #JusticeForJacobBlake”.
During a press conference held in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday afternoon, Crump said “it is going to take a miracle for Blake to walk again.”
Patrick Salvi, another attorney representing the Blake family, gave more details on Blake’s condition. “He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord. At least one bullet. He has holes in his stomach. He had to have nearly his entire colon and small intestines removed,” Salvi said.
“He suffered damage to his kidney and liver. And was also shot in the arm,” he added.
Jacob Blake’s mother and father also attended the press conference demanding justice for their son.
Many communities outside of Wisconsin continue to show their support towards Jacob Blake and his family, including sports teams. The Detroit Lions canceled their practice on Tuesday in light of the shooting that took place Sunday evening. Oklahoma City Thunder’s point guard, Chris Paul, paid his respects towards Jacob Blake and his family on Monday, Aug. 24 during a post-game interview.
After being asked how his team was able to pull off a win against the Houston Rockets to tie the playoff series 2-2, Paul stated: “I just want to send my prayers out to Jacob Blake and his family. The things we decided to come down here and play for, we said that we were going to speak on the social injustice and the things that continue to happen to our people. It’s not right!”
The police officers who were involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake have yet to be identified. Reports state that the U.S. Justice Department and FBI agents in Wisconsin are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the incident that took place Sunday evening.