About 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard were expected to be deployed in Kenosha on Monday, the day after Kenosha police shot a man in the back repeatedly Sunday evening, setting off unrest in the city. A video of the incident appears to show the officer grab the man by the shirt as he tried to get into a van, then shoot him seven times at point-blank range.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the deployment Monday, after several city vehicles were set on fire and businesses were vandalized.
Kenosha County Supervisor Zach Rodriguez said additional troops were expected to arrive in Kenosha around 3 p.m.
The shooting victim has been identified as Jacob Blake, a Black man, by Wisconsin officials. He was in serious condition at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee as of Monday.
In a Facebook video posted around noon Monday, Blake’s father said Blake was out of surgery and in stable condition.
Two people who live in the Kenosha neighborhood Blake has called home for about two years said he has five children ranging in age from 3 to 7 and a fiancee.
“He’d be out here with us right now. It’s a bad dream. I’m just waiting for him to come outside,” said one of the neighbors, who didn’t want his name used because he feared police retaliation.
The man, who lives across the street from Blake on the 2800 block of 40th St., said when he went to the store about 15 minutes before the shooting, Blake was barbecuing with his kids. When the neighbor returned shortly after 5 p.m., Blake was trying to break up a fight. Seven or eight police officers arrived. They wanted to talk with Blake, but he wasn’t interested and started putting his kids in the car to leave, the neighbor said.
The video shows Blake walking toward his vehicle as two officers follow him with their guns drawn. They did not appear to use any other force on Blake before one of them shot him and he slumped onto the steering wheel.
Around noon Monday, a crowd began to gather in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred to march toward the county courthouse. Some wore shirts that said “lean on me,” while others held signs proclaiming “Black Lives Matter.”
Children’s bikes and BigWheels sat stranded on the sidewalk as residents milled about. Some were talkative while others seemed disturbed by dozens of reporters who had descended on their usually quiet neighborhood.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation said early Monday that the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, whom the Blake family has retained to represent them, said Blake’s three sons were in the car when Blake was shot.
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Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel