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Protests erupt in Wisconsin after police shooting

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/24/20, 04:11 am

A 29-year-old black man remains in serious condition after police officers responding to a “domestic incident” on Sunday in Kenosha, Wis., appeared to shoot him in the back seven times, according to a video posted on social media. The man identified as Jacob Blake is shown opening the driver’s side door of an SUV as three officers shout and point weapons at him. As Blake leans inside the car, one officer grabs his shirt from behind and opens fire. The Kenosha Police Department has not released any details but said the man is receiving medical treatment in Milwaukee.

How has the public responded? After the incident, a crowd gathered in the surrounding streets and yelled at the police. Multiple vehicle fires and smashed windows were reported. Hundreds of protesters later marched to the police station, where they faced off with officers in riot gear. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers condemned the shooting and promised to stand by those demanding justice.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Ed Schick
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 08:04 am

    Why is it important that he is described as a black man? Would the report be different if he were white? Why do WORLD reporters see people in terms of their skin color and not in terms of their character, actions and treatment by others?

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 09:03 am
  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 06:40 pm

    Hey Cyborg3, that video is pretty educational, thanks.

  • RC
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 09:36 am

    If it was only a, “domestic incident”, why were the police called in? Obviously, someone felt their life and safety was being threatened, by Mr. Blake?  What were the police told by the individual who called them? Did they tell the police Mr. Blake was armed with a weapon?  Does Mr. Blake have a criminal record? Since, the police were needing to shout, it is obvious Mr. Blake was not responding to normal voice communications. Did Mr. Blake say something to the police before he attempted to get to the SUV?  If so, what was it?  Why, was Mr. Blake being non-responsive even after the police were shouting at him?  Was Mr. Blake was going to the SUV to acquire a weapon? How would the police know?  If it took seven shots to take him down, he was likely a big man or was he was high on illegal drugs or inebriated?

    Why do reporters feel the need to say something quickly, but find out so little information that it paints a one-sided picture?          

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 06:59 pm

    He was shot in the back after he had been walking away from the police. Not much struggle there. The report is about the protests arising from the incident, moreso than the incident itself.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 08/25/2020 04:29 pm

    West Coast Gramma, were you never taught how to behave around police? One of the basic rules is to obey the commands of the police. You don't lunge toward your vehicle defying their commands grabbing something unknown to the police! Their automatic assumption has to be that he is going for a weapon and they are trained to shoot. They have to do this to stay alive. Including in the violence against the police in recent times, the only option was for them to shoot.  Certainly, we are all saddened by this individual's shooting, but the guy brought it on himself by his blatant disregard of the police.  Had he complied with the commands of the police he would be unharmed today. It is sad! 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 12:27 pm

    Character: unknown at this time, a domestic dispute, 3 kids in the car

    Actions: shot in the back by police, 7 rounds fired

    Treatment by Others: Ditto the above, his wife wants him to recover, bystanders were shocked and horrified, the governor of the state was horrified. I guess they treated him poorly.

    Posted: Tue, 08/25/2020 05:56 am

    Character now known: Jacob Blake “has a long history of violent crimes, domestic violence, assaulting officers and resisting arrest,” including a July 7 arrest warrant for “third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.”

    Also, the man who produced the viral video heard the police say, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!”

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 02:06 pm

    With all the other aspects of this incident, I still ask:  if Jacob Blake had simply raised his hands and obeyed the Officers, would he have been shot?

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 07:01 pm

    The hardness of heart displayed by the readers of World, as represented in these letters, is staggering beyond belief.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 08:41 pm

    Yes, indeed. Not only us, but seemingly much of America have hardened our hearts towards lawbreakers; while others have hardened their hearts towards law enforcers. 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2020 09:25 pm

    Reporting the news faithfully as it occurs, which is exactly what World Magazine did in their concise, brief article, does not constitute hardness of heart.