Editors note: 1/15/21 UPDATE: Jacob Blake later confessed to having a knife at the time of the shooting. He also had a warrant out on him and reportedly had a prior incident of resisting arrest also in possession of a knife during that occurrence.
Witnesses say a man who had been trying to break up a fight between two women was shot by police while trying to get into his car. Two Wisconsin police officers are on leave Monday as state authorities investigate why a Black man was shot multiple times in the back as he entered the driver’s side door of an SUV, officials said.
Footage shows police shooting at a man seven times as he leaned into a vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The man, identified by the Wisconsin governor as Jacob Blake, is in a serious condition in hospital after the shooting at about 5pm on Sunday. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said Blake’s three young sons were in the car.
“Blake was helping to deescalate a domestic incident when police drew their weapons and tasered him. As he was walking away to check on his children, police fired their weapons several times into his back at point blank range. Blake’s three sons were only a few feet away and witnessed police shoot their father,” the statement said.
“We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police. Even worse, his three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets. Their irresponsible, reckless, and inhumane actions nearly cost the life of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident. It’s a miracle he’s still alive,” Crump said.
“We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department,” he said.
The man’s three children — 3, 5 and 8 — were in the car, a family attorney said.