BLM Riots Erupt In Wisconsin After Police Shoot Black Man Multiple Times
Black Lives Matter riots erupted in Wisconsin Sunday shortly after Kenosa police shot a Black man several times in the back and severely injured him, according to reports. The officers were responding to a “domestic incident” at the time.
As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, Jacob Blake, the victim, is in serious condition at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
The State’s Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation and the officers involved were placed on administrative leave, the local report noted.
“Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said in a statement.
“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”
But before local officials announced the opening of an investigation, rioters had already set the town ablaze and destroyed many businesses in the area.
As journalist Andy Ngo shared on Twitter, the insanity didn’t start or end there. “BLM rioters armed with semi-auto rifles have shut down the street in #Kenosha and ordered a Sheriff’s vehicle to stop,” he wrote of a video showing the incident.
Drew Hernandez, who was reporting on the ground Sunday night, shared footage of ransacked businesses and even a looted public library.