Story at a glance
- Jacob Blake was shot several times by police officers on Sunday, catalyzing protests in Wisconsin.
- Multiple fires broke out amid protests.
For the third night in a row amid protests following Sunday’s police shooting of Jacob Blake, another curfew has been imposed on the town of Kenosha, Wis., that will go into effect at 8 p.m. Aug. 25. It is set to expire at 7 a.m. Aug. 26.
Local outlet TMJ4 reports that Gov. Tony Evers (D) confirmed that there would be an increased National Guard presence in the city. Kenosha has seen three days of protests, resulting in cars and buildings being set aflame and police deploying tear gas on demonstrators.
Police in Kenosha shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, multiple times at close range and in view of his children. Video footage of the incident went viral and shows Blake walking around the front of a car with two officers following close behind with a weapon trained on Blake’s back. As Blake opens the driver side door of a car, the nearest officer grabs Blake’s shirt and seven shots can be heard.
His three children were in the car at the time.
Blake is currently in critical condition in a local hospital. His father told the Chicago Sun-Times that Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.
The shooting has renewed protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. It comes just three months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national Black Lives Matter movement and an ongoing racial reckoning.
The deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., and Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colo., — both at the hands of police — have also garnered national attention as protesters and activists call for police reform and systemic change.
The three Kenosha officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation begins.