In what seems to be becoming the norm, new footage has been released in relation to a police use-of-force incident, adding a modicum of clarity to an event that had kicked off rioting and violence only days prior.
The Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin, had sparked a wildfire of vandalism and rioting following the weekend incident.
Initially accepted by many as a case of “white on black” police brutality, new footage and arrest records now paint a different picture.
According to the New York Post, a different angle of the incident shows Blake fighting with police officers, eventually breaking free before storming off to the driver side door of his vehicle.
Blake’s criminal records show that he had a prior history of using firearms to commit crimes and injuring police prior to the Sunday incident. Additionally, a prior warrant issued for accusations of misdemeanor criminal trespass to a dwelling with domestic abuse as a modifier; felony third-degree sexual assault with domestic abuse as a modifier; and misdemeanor disorderly conduct with domestic abuse as a modifier.
Kenosha, a city in Wisconsin that sits between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan is the latest municipality to suffer from widespread unrest following a controversial police shooting. A State of Emergency has been declared.
After video of a man being shot several times in the back went viral on social media, several demonstrations and riots broke out.
The man who was shot is reportedly in critical condition.
As is all too common with these incidents, only a video that shows a few seconds of the interaction is available and the circumstances that lead up to the officer-involved shooting are unknown at this time.
By Sunday night, several businesses had been set ablaze and multiple on police property and officers.
Another video going viral shows a police officer being hit in the head with a brick.
This is a developing story. We will update it as more information becomes available.
BREAKING: large fire inside downtown Kenosha store. I called 911 and fire trucks are on the way. pic.twitter.com/adLb6Px3By— Cassidy Williams (@CassidyWtv) August 24, 2020
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