Buildings and cars in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were set ablaze Monday night amid protests reignited by the police Jacob Blake shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.
Blake was shot multiple times in the back Sunday evening as he tried to enter the driver’s side door of an SUV. In the vehicle were his 3, 5, and 8-year-old children. He was flown to a nearby hospital where he remained in intensive care late Monday, his attorney said.
Enraged demonstrators poured onto the streets after video of the shooting began circulating on social media, which shows an officer grabbing on to the man’s tank top. Seven shots are heard, followed by the sustained sound of a car horn. Two Wisconsin police officers have since been placed on administrative leave and the police union has urged the public to withhold judgment until “all the facts are known.”
The shooting comes after several months of nationwide protests that have demanded an end to police brutality and called for justice in the killings of other Black Americans at the hands of police, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd — whose death was also captured on camera and sparked hundreds of protests from coast to coast.
“If we don’t have the systematic reform that this moment in America is crying out for, then we are going to continue to see hashtag after hashtag, protest after protest, and cities burning all across America,” Blake’s attorney, Ben Crump, said Monday.
Several businesses were on fire late Monday in Kenosha after demonstrators defied the 8 p.m. curfew authorities set. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced National Guard members would also respond to the city to help “protect critical infrastructure, such as utilities and fire stations and to ensure Kenoshians are able to assemble safely.”
Protesters also marched Monday in cities including Manhattan, Washington DC and in Minneapolis, where at least five people were arrested.
“We will continue showing up until they’re tired of killing us,” one Manhattan protester told CNN affiliate WLNY.