A video capturing a Black man being shot in the back multiple times by Kenosha police officers Sunday evening sparked a series of angry protests into the night, prompting the authorities to issue a city-wide curfew.
Kenosha Police officers were called to the 2800 block of 40th Street at 5:11 p.m. Sunday for a “domestic incident” when authorities said the “officer involved shooting” took place, according to a statement from the Kenosha Police Department.
Law enforcement officers have not provided any details about what led up to the shooting; however, authorities said “law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to the person who was shot,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Authorities have not formally identified the victim—who is said to be in serious condition at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee—however, family members and others have identified him as 29-year-old Jacob Blake, local station WTMJ-TV reports.
Video of the shooting, obtained by Kenosha News, shows Blake walking around the front of his SUV to his driver’s side door as two officers follow behind him with their guns drawn. Blake begins to open the driver’s side door just as an officer grabs his shirt and opens fire while Blake has his back turned to the officer. Seven shots can be heard in the clip as bystanders scream in horror.
The video was shot by 22-year-old Raysean White, who told NBC News that Blake first showed up his truck after a group of women had been arguing in the street.
“He pulled up in his truck, got out of his truck, seen him walk up. His son was running towards him. He was picking up his son. He told his son to get in the grey truck, we about to go,” White said.
White said he looked out his window again a few minutes later and saw police were on the scene and were “wrestling” with Blake behind the SUV. He said he started to film the video after a female officer appeared to tase Blake.
“They were also yelling drop the knife,” White said. “I didn’t see any weapons in his hands, he wasn’t being violent.”
White said Blake was shot in front of his children.
“I was freaked out,” he told NBC News. “And then I seen the mother of the child that got in the truck, I seen her get the little boy out the truck. He had to be 4, 5, 6 (years of age) or that range.”
Blake’s partner Laquisha Booker told WTMJ that the couple’s three children were all in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
“That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him. With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming,” she said.