Protests in Wisconsin After Police Shoot Black Man Multiple Times (UPDATE)

The man, identified as Jacob Blake, was shot multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His fiancee says her kids were in the car at the time.

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UPDATED 8/24 2:15 p.m. ET: The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ)'s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has shared an update on their investigation into the shooting in Kenosha. 

Monday afternoon, the department said that all involved officers have now been placed on administrative leave. 

"DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to a prosecutor following a complete and thorough investigation," a department rep said in a press release.

 Kenosha County declared a state of emergency curfew for Monday night, fearing for another round of violent protests. Gov. Tony Evers said 125 members of the National Guard would be in Kenosha with responsibility for “guarding infrastructure and making sure our firefighters and others involved are protected.” County authorities also announced an 8 p.m. curfew.

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A Black man is in serious condition after being shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Graphic footage, per the Associated Press, shows police shooting at the man’s back seven times as he walked away and got into the driver's side of an SUV. Following the shooting, which police claim was preceded by their arrival on the scene in response to "a domestic incident," protesters gathered to condemn the police's actions and demand swift justice for those involved.

A crowd is gathering at a home in Kenosha, where officers have blocked off an area near 40th and 28th Avenue. No other details have been released. @TMJ4Stephanie is working to learn more. Stay with TMJ4 for updates.

— TMJ4 News (@tmj4) August 24, 2020

A protest is happening now after a domestic incident turned into an officer-involved shooting in #Kenosha at 40th St. & 28th Ave.

Police confirm one person is in serious condition.

People on scene say the apparent victim is a man, and father. @CBS58

— Kim Shine (@KimShineTV) August 24, 2020

"You overused it," Laquisha Booker, identified in a separate TMJ4 News report as the man's fiancée, said. "That's what you did. You shot him numerous times for no reason. It didn't take all that. Disregard that my kids were in the car at all. And you knew they was in there because I kept screaming that before y'all even made it to the other side, to the driver's side, to get him in the car. I been yelling that the whole time, 'Let me get my kids.'"

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The Kenosha News has identified the man shot and placed in serious condition as Jacob Blake. That report also includes comments from witnesses stating that Blake was trying to "break up a fight between two women" outside a home in the area when police arrived. Police, they say, "attempted to use a Taser" on the man prior to firing at him multiple times. Witnesses have also said that Blake was unarmed. A Facebook post from late Sunday said to be attributed to Blake's father stated that he was "alive and stable."

Vehicles from both the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff's Department were on the scene Sunday evening. The shooting investigation has since been turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting in a tweeted statement Sunday night.

"I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action," he said. "In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long."

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Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump has also addressed the shooting, announcing Monday afternoon that Blake's family had retained his representation services.

"We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police," Crump said. '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."

Confirmed: Jacob Blake’s 3 SONS were IN THE CAR he was getting into when @KenoshaPolice shot him tonight. They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!! #JusticeForJacobBlake

— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 24, 2020

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