Protests erupted overnight in Wisconsin after video appeared to show police officers firing several shots at close range into a Black man’s back Sunday night.
The state Department of Justice is investigating after officers from Kenosha Police Department responding to a domestic incident shortly after 5 p.m. “were involved in an officer involved shooting,” according to a news release. The man who was shot, identified by Gov. Tony Evers as Jacob Blake, was airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital in serious condition, police said.
On Twitter, Evers said he and his wife are hoping for Blake’s recovery.
“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 wrote on Twitter.