In Wisconsin, hundreds of people protested after a black man was shot dead in front of his children. According to witnesses of the incident, the victim did not threaten the police and was not armed.
The incident took place on the evening of Sunday, August 23, in the city of Kenosha. Police arrived after a loud altercation and tried to stop a black man who was walking in his car and did not respond to demands to stop.
Two police officers fired seven shots at close range in the back of the persecuted as he opened the door of his vehicle. It is reported that immediately after the shooting, the victim received first aid and then in a serious condition he was taken to the hospital.witness reported that the injured Jacob Blake a few minutes before the incident tried to separate and calm the quarreling women and came to the attention of the police, who came to report the conflict. After seeing the law enforcement officers, the man went to his car, where his three children were sitting, after which he was shot.
Police said the shooting officers had been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the proceedings, with the incident report expected to be published within a month.
For his part, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, noting that he does not know all the details of what happened, said: “Jacob Blake is not the first black, wounded or mercilessly killed by law enforcement officers of our state.” More than a hundred people surrounded the police station building, after which they were dispersed with tear gas.
A curfew has been declared in Kenosha County and people are not encouraged to take to the streets.
Earlier it was reported about protests in the U.S. state of Louisiana, where police recently shot dead an African-American man who tried to escape while detaining him.