Two Wisconsin police officers were on leave Monday as state authorities investigate why a violent criminal was shot multiple times in the back as he entered the driver’s side door of an SUV, reaching for something officials said.
The police were responding to a call of “Shots Fired” in that area when they happened upon the man who was trying to separate two women who were fighting in the street.
The man’s three children — 3, 5 and 8 — were in the car, a family attorney said. Identified by the governor as Jacob Blake, the man is in serious condition and fighting for his life.
Attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Blake family, posted a video of the Sunday evening shooting in Kenosha.
The footage of course quickly spread across social media, sparking more misled rage filled protests inciting more riots and violence and leading county officials to institute a curfew that remained in place until Monday morning.
Another will be instituted from 8 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
State Attorney General Josh Kaul said his office will work closely with the Kenosha County district attorney’s office during the investigation.”As with all investigations we conduct, we will unwaveringly pursue justice in this case,” Kaul said in a statement. The word “truth” however, was not included in the statement.
Our search yielded Jacob Blake as not an unarmed black man as the rest of mainstream media is pushing, but a violent offender with a long criminal history of violent crimes.
Police union says there’s more to the story
The police union representing the officers urged the public to withhold judgment until the state Justice Department completes its investigation.
“As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgment until all the facts are known and released, and as those facts are released further ask you to behave like adults” said Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha Professional Police Association.
In a tweet, Crump, who represents George Floyd’s family and is suddenly an expert in this case, says the man was leaving the scene after “breaking up a fight between two women.”Officers were called to respond to a domestic disturbance, but it’s unclear who called 911 or what happened before the video recording begins.
In a police call, a dispatcher says Blake “isn’t supposed to be there” and that he took the complainant’s keys and refused to leave. The dispatcher later explains she doesn’t have more details because the caller was “uncooperative.” The dispatcher’s report of shots fired is included in the initial report.
According to Crump, police had already used a Taser on Blake before the shooting. It is not clear from the video of course if both officers opened fire. The second officer has his gun out as the shots are heard, the video clip shows.
Both are on administrative leave, said the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s division of criminal investigation, which is leading the probe into the incident. All officers are cooperating, the department said. Neither officer has been identified. The state agency aims to submit a report to prosecutors within 30 days, it said, adding no further details are available.
Initial 911 call reported domestic disturbance and shots fired
Kenosha officers were called to a domestic incident with shots fired about 5:11 p.m., police said. The shooting unfolded on a residential street packed with apartment buildings, a block from a city golf course.
In the video clip, a man appearing very agitated and enraged walks around the front of a gray SUV with two officers in close pursuit behind him, one with his weapon drawn. As the man enters the driver side door of his car, the nearest officer grabs the tail of his tank top and seven shots are heard. The man entering the car appears to go limp. A sustained car horn blares. A woman nearby jumps up and down, apparently in anguish. Clearly context is what is needed referring to this video of what is essentially just the “money shot” of the events unfolding.
Raysean White, who filmed the video clip that has drawn now more than 6.4 million views from Crump’s Twitter feed alone, was across the street when he heard women arguing, he said.
He saw Blake arrive and order one of his sons into a vehicle. The boy happily obliged and Blake walked into a home behind a woman, he said.
White stepped away and when he returned, he said, police were wrestling with Blake. White doesn’t know what started the argument, he said. He began filming what he called the middle and the end of the altercation, he said, explaining he was angry and traumatized by what he saw and couldn’t sleep Sunday night.
“The police want everybody to know they’re out here to protect and serve, but you guys are constantly giving us — Black people, in particular — reasons not to let you guys protect and serve,” White said. “We don’t want you guys around because we are scared for our lives. You come to an incident to disarm an argument, and this Black man gets shot. It wasn’t supposed to go down like that.”
UPDATE MONDAY NIGHT
Widespread reports of mass violence, rioting, looting and property destruction coming out of Wisconsin tonight. Early estimates put damage to property alone in the tens of millions with no end in sight.
BIDEN FANS THE FLAMES
Former Vice President Joe Biden said today in a Facebook statement that the blatant shooting of an unarmed black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by police on Sunday was a clear case of “systemic racism.” He failed to condemn the mass violence rioting, looting, and arson that has swept throughout the working-class city.
In a Facebook note, Biden said:
Yesterday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back as police attempted to restrain him from getting into his car. His children watched from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief. And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force. This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.
These shots pierce the soul of our nation. Jill and I pray for Jacob’s recovery and for his children.
Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others. We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. It is the urgent task before us. We must fight to honor the ideals laid in the original American promise, which we are yet to attain: That all men and women are created equal, but more importantly that they must be treated equally.
Biden omitted several key details from his account. According to the Kenosha News, police had used a Taser on Blake before shooting him. Video shows Blake walking away from police with guns drawn and reaching into his car.