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Police Shooting of Jacob Blake Leads to Protests


What Happened:

  • There were multiple protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

  • Blake, unarmed, was shot in the back seven times at close range by a police officer on Sunday when he tried to enter his SUV. According to his attorney, Blake’s 3 children were in the car when he was shot.

  • The protests turned violent and several buildings and cars were set on fire overnight.

  • The shooting comes during a period of public outcry over police violence following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

  • Blake is still in the hospital and is currently paralyzed from the waist down according to his father. Blake's attorney Crump says "it will take a miracle" for Blake to ever walk again.

  • The US Justice Dept. and FBI agents are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

  • The Sheriff’s Dept. of Kenosha County has issued a curfew of 8PM for public safety and the Wisconsin Governor has declared a state of emergency and increased the National Guard presence.

  • Blake's parents have called for calm and an end to the violent protests. Said Blake's mother, "As I was riding through here, this city, I noticed a lot of damage and it doesn't reflect my son...So I'm really asking, and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your heart. As I pray for my son's healing ... I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our country."


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