ADVISORY: Police-Involved Shooting of Black Man Sparks Riots in Wisconsin

Kenosha, WI – A police-involved shooting of an African-American man on Sunday afternoon led to a night of chaos, rioting and looting in Kenosha, WI.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at 5:11 p.m. at the 2800 block of 40th Street on Sunday.




 

Video from the scene reveals police attempted to arrest a man now identified as 29-year-old Jacob Blake.

Blake resisted arrest and walked away from Kenosha Police officers.

He opened the door to his SUV shortly before gunshots are heard.

Blake was struck and officers then rendered aid until emergency personnel arrived to the scene to transport him to the hospital.

He remains in “serious” condition.

Outrage quickly spread throughout the community following the incident.

According to multiple local media reports, tensions escalated as rioters set police vehicles on fire.




 

In one video, a police officer appears to be struck in the head with a brick flung by a rioter.

After falling to the ground unconscious, onlookers can be heard clapping and cheering.

The chaos only descended from there as rioters then set garbage trucks and a local car dealership ablaze.

Rioters also targeted police vehicles by hurling Molotav cocktails and reportedly broke into the courthouse and set it on fire as well.

Multiple businesses were vandalized and looted.

Reporters on the scene captured the aftermath.

Kenosha County declared a state of emergency curfew until 7 a.m. on Monday.

 

Wisconsin’s governor, Tony Evers, released a statement condemning “excessive force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) confirmed it is investigating the shooting and the officers involved have been placed on 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 statement said.


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The scenes are reminiscent of what occurred in the streets of Minneapolis, MN and dozens of other cities in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd earlier this year.




 

Big rigs were targeted by rioters and looters in cities across the nation.

This event could trigger similar instances.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to closely track new developments.

 


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