WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Neighbours have confronted law enforcement at the scene of a police shooting on Sunday (local time).
Angry crowds took to the streets after a video appeared to show officers shoot a black man in the back seven times as he leaned into a vehicle.
Gov. Tony Evers on Sunday night released a statement on Twitter condemning the “broad daylight” shooting and identified the victim as Jacob Blake.
Kenosha Police in Wisconsin, said a person was hospitalised in serious condition following a shooting by officers at about 5pm as police were responding to a “domestic incident”.
In a statement the Kenosha Police Department said Wisconsin Department of Justice would be investigating the “officer involved shooting”.
Police did not provide details about what led to the shooting, but said officers provided immediate aid to the person before he was transported to a hospital in Milwaukee in a serious condition.
In the video posted on social media that appeared to show the shooting from across a street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at the man as he walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street.
As the man opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle.
Seven shots could be heard on the video, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.
Following the shooting, social media posts showed neighbours gathering in the surrounding streets and hurling comments at police. Some could be heard chanting, “No justice, no peace.”
Late Sunday, marchers appeared to be headed to protest outside the police station, which authorities had mostly blocked off.
Outside the station, protesters faced off with officers who wore plastic face masks and held batons that they occasionally used to push people back.
Kenosha Police referred all questions to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which did not immediately respond to messages seeking to confirm details of the shooting video.
The Kenosha Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol were requested at the scene so another law enforcement agency could take over, police said in the news release.
WARNING: this video is extremely graphic.
Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin appear to shoot a man seven times in the back at point blank range after he ignores commands. We’re no other non-lethal methods considered, @KenoshaPolice?
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 24, 2020
The city of Kenosha is located on Lake Michigan, about 64.37 Kilometres south of Milwaukee.
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