Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers called for the National Guard to be deployed to the city of Kenosha after 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot by police.
Evers said that about 125 members of the National Guard would be in the city Monday night (Aug. 24) with responsibility for “guarding infrastructure and making sure our firefighters and others involved are protected.” The county will also be under a state of emergency curfew starting at 8 pm on Monday night. The curfew will be enforced until 7 am Tuesday morning (Aug. 25).
On Sunday (Aug. 23), Blake was shot serval times by a Kenosha Police officer as he was trying to get into his vehicle. He was reportedly de-escalating a domestic dispute between two women when officers arrived and drew their weapons.
A video of the shooting went viral and viewers watched as Blake was shot in his back several times by a police officer — while his kids watched from inside the car. As of Monday morning, Blake was in serious condition. His father posted on Facebook that his son was “alive and stable.”
REVOLT previously reported that the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The Wisconsin Department of Justice released a statement on Monday about the status of the cops after the shooting. “Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is leading this investigation and is assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office,” the statement read. “All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.”
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump has been retained to represent Blake and his family. “We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police,” he 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.”
Check out the Facebook post from the Kenosha Police Department below.