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A shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is all over the news today. Here’s what happened

A police officer shot a Black man, according to a new graphic video.

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In this image made from video, protesters gather near the site of a police shooting, Sunday, Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Officers deployed tear gas early Monday in an effort to disperse hundreds of people who took to the streets following a police shooting in Kenosha that also drew a harsh rebuke from the governor after a video posted on social media appeared to show officers shoot at a Black man’s back seven times as he leaned into a vehicle.

In this image made from video, protesters gather near the site of a police shooting, Sunday, Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Officers deployed tear gas early Monday in an effort to disperse hundreds of people who took to the streets following a police shooting in Kenosha that also drew a harsh rebuke from the governor after a video posted on social media appeared to show officers shoot at a Black man’s back seven times as he leaned into a vehicle.

Associated Press

Protests erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after a graphic video captured a white police officer shooting a Black man after responding to a domestic incident, BBC News reports.

  • The man, Jacob Blake, was sent to a hospital for surgery. He remains in intensive care.
  • The graphic video of the shooting shows Blake shot in the back several times when he tries to enter his car in Wisconsin. He was shot at least seven times, The Washington Post reports.
  • According to Kenosha News, Blake was shot in front of his children.
  • Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney, said Blake’s sons were in the car at the time of the shooting.

Why it matters:

  • The Washington Post said: “It’s the latest case of police violence caught on camera in a summer overwhelmed by escalating rounds of protests following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.”

Reaction:

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called for better police accountability for the incident.

While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country. We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country. — Gov. Evers

  • The state Department of Justice said Division of Criminal Investigation will lead an investigation into the shooting, according to The New York Times.
  • The officers have been put on administrative leave.

Protests:

  • Protests prompted authorities to call an emergency curfew Sunday night. Hundreds of people marched in the streets. Vehicles were set ablaze, CBS Newsreports.