On Sunday, a police officer shot multiple times at the back of a black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A video shot by a bystander revealed the incident, which subsequently led to a night of protests, which saw demonstrators throwing firebombs at police officers.
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Crowds began assembling at the site, setting fires and tossing bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers. As a result, officials introduced a citywide curfew.
On Monday morning, Kenosha County posted on Twitter that it will shut down its judiciary and administration building. It cited damage sustained during the disturbances of the previous night as the cause of its decision.
A video widely circulating on social media shows Blake heading towards a vehicle. Two police officers accompanied him before one of them shot him while he was getting into his car.
Another round of protest for police violence
The attack preceded nationwide protests this summer about George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. He died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis law enforcement officer knelt for almost nine minutes on his back.
According to Tony Evers, “Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back tonight, in broad daylight.” “While we don’t have all the details yet, what we know for sure is that he’s not the first Black man or person to have been shot or wounded or ruthlessly killed by law enforcement personnel in our state or country,” the Democratic governor added.
Social media posts displayed thousands of people marching down Kenosha avenues. The city of about 100,000 people on Lake Michigan is located approximately 100 km (65 miles) north of Chicago.
The shooting took place at 5 p.m. when officers responded to what they termed a “domestic accident.” According to a statement released by the Kenosha Police Department, police immediately took the man to the hospital. Investigators have offered no further details as to what contributed to the incident.
Police involved in the shooting were put on administrative leave, the Department of Justice for Wisconsin said early on Monday.
The state’s Criminal Investigation Division said it would move within 30 days to release a report to prosecutors.
“We’re tired of it. We’re sick of it,” said Clyde McLemore. A local Kenosha tv network recognizes him as a participant of a local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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