Civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent family of man shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Updated: August 24, 2020 09:45 AM
Created: August 24, 2020 05:29 AM

Protesters took to the streets to confront law enforcement over a video appearing to show Kenosha police shooting and wounding a Black man while responding to a call about a domestic dispute.

Kenosha police say officers were responding to a domestic incident Sunday when a person was shot and hospitalized in serious condition. 

ABC affiliate WISN-TV is reporting that the person shot is 29-year-old Jacob Blake. As of early Monday, Blake—who was flown to a hospital in Milwaukee—remained in serious condition.

Police shoot man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while responding to domestic incident

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement on Twitter Sunday night, saying, in part, "Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries. 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."

Evers said the shooting demands action from elected officials "who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long."

Protests took place in the city, with some fires started and, in one case, a brick was reportedly thrown at officers. Tear gas was used to clear the crowds. 

A curfew was in place until 7 a.m. Monday. 

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who has represented George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's families, said he has been retained by Blake’s family. 

“We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police," Crump said in a statement. “Even worse, his three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets. Their irresponsible, reckless, and inhumane actions nearly cost the life of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident. It’s a miracle he’s still alive.”

Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke cautioned the public and elected officials against "racing towards judgment," given how few details were known.

"The frustration & anger that many in our communities are feeling must be met with empathy, but cannot be further fueled by politicians’ statements or actions that can stoke flames of violence," tweeted Steineke, who lives about 140 miles north of Kenosha in Appleton.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says the three officers at the scene were placed on administrative leave, standard practice in a shooting by police, while the department investigates.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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