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Father of Jacob Blake Says He’s ‘Paralyzed From Waist Down’ Following Wisconsin Police Shooting [VIDEO]
Donald Trump is trying to set up a meeting with Jacob Blake’s family during his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday after the shooting victim’s father said the president should have called earlier this week and mother says she missed his call.
The president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump revealed to Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that Trump has reached out to Blake’s family and wants to meet with them this week.
“He’s reached to the Blake family. I don’t know if they were able to connect yet. And I don’t know for sure if that’s on the agenda,” Trump said during her interview Sunday morning. “I’m sure, given the opportunity, he’ll be more than happy to do that. But I haven’t gotten that information just yet.”
The White House announced Saturday that Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday following days of protests in the city after another police shooting of a black man.
Trump is already scheduled to meet with ‘law enforcement and survey damage from recent riots’, White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters aboard Air Force One Saturday.
He did not say at the time if the president will meet the family of Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot multiple times in the back by police officers.
Watch WHITE cops shoot unarmed BLACK father 7 times in the back at point-blank range as his 3 kids watch from back of car
Multiple fires continue to burn in Kenosha, Wisconsin amid protests over the police shooting yet another unarmed Black man.
As we previously reported 29-year-old Jacob Blake is fighting for his life in a hospital, and a white Kenosha, WI, police officer is under investigation after being captured on camera firing at least seven shots into the man’s back, sparking more protests against overzealous police, brutality and excessive use of force.
Video of the Aug 23 incident shows three officers standing with the man before he walks away from them toward the driver’s side of his car. An officer with his gun drawn follows Blake, then grabs the back of his shirt while firing multiple shots into his back. The victim appears to go limp in the vehicle, the car horn blaring. The injured man is then seen lying on the ground surrounded by four officers who appear to be giving him aid.
Watch the disturbing clip below
Police responded to the second night of protests on Monday by firing tear gas at hundreds of angry demonstrators who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement in riot gear guarding the courthouse, per CBS Milwaukee affiliate WDJT-TV.
Democratic Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting, and reportedly called out 125 members of the National Guard after protesters set cars on fire and clashed with officers.
“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,” said Evers.
The shooting happened Sunday evening and was captured on camera by a witness from across the street, and footage was posted online.
Blake’s family reached out to famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump for assistance. Crump told CNN that Blake’s three young sons were in the car when he was shot.
“They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!” Crump said in a post on Twitter.
According to a Chicago Sun-Times reports, Blakes’s father says his son is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting.
Here’s more from CBS:
An eyewitness who captured video of the shooting told CBS News that before he started filming, one officer had Blake in a headlock and another was punching him in the ribs. A female officer tased Blake, the witness said.
The witness added that Blake scuffled with police before the shooting and that he heard an officer tell Blake to “drop the knife” — although the witness said he never saw Blake holding a knife.
The governor said he’d seen no information to suggest Blake had a knife or other weapon, but that the case is still being investigated by the state Justice Department.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the officers “must be held accountable.”
“This morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force,” he said, just over two months before Election Day in a country already roiled by the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. “Those shots pierce the soul of our nation.”
The officers involved with the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
An unarmed black man was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in front of his children after Wisconsin police were called to a domestic dispute yesterday.
Rioting and looting erupted in the wake of the shooting as the County of Kenosha declared a state of emergency, and a curfew has been put into effect by authorities until 7am on Monday.
Jacob Blake, 29, was rushed to hospital following the shooting in Kenosha that prompted neighbors and crowds to gather and confront officers at the scene on Sunday night. Early Monday, family members posted that Blake was in a stable condition at the ICU in Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statement denouncing 'excessive use of force' by police. As video of the shooting quickly went viral, protesters took to the streets of Kenosha, where police are on high alert.
Video obtained from TMX.News shows a large crowd numbering hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Kenosha police station chanting 'Black Lives Matter' and other slogans denouncing law enforcement.
Demonstrators set fire to vehicles and smashed police cruiser windows as they faced off with police, who set off tear gas canisters to try to disperse the crowd.
The images above show the moments leading up to the shooting. Blake (seen in the white shirt) walks away from a police officer who has his gun drawn and is ordering him to stop
The shooting happened at around 5pm as officers were responding to a 'domestic incident,' the Kenosha Police Department said in a news release.
In the video, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at Blake, who walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street.
As Blake opened the driver's side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle.
At least seven shots could be heard, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.
Blake's three children were inside the SUV and watched as their father was gunned down, the family's attorney, Ben Crump, confirmed.
The image above shows the moment a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer fired at least seven shots into the back of Jacob Blake as he was getting into an SUV in a residential neighborhood
An unidentified woman (left) is heard in the video screaming as gunshots rang out
Several witnesses said that Blake tried to break up a fight between two women outside a nearby home, according to Kenosha News.
Before resorting to gunfire, the police attempted to subdue Blake with a Taser, to no avail, it was reported.
Benjamin Crump shared video of the incident on his Twitter feed, and confirmed today he is now representing Blake's family, and will 'demand answers' from police.
'We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha Police. 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 alive.'
Crump is the attorney who represents the family of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in late May.
Floyd's death ignited massive nationwide protests and rioting as millions took to the streets over the course of several weeks to demand the police officers responsible be tried and convicted.
Following the shooting, neighbors could be seen gathering in the streets and hurling comments at police. Some could be heard chanting, 'No justice, no peace.'
Blake is seen far left with his three children. Witnesses said all three of his kids were in the back seat of the SUV when their father was shot
A dump truck that was parked in an intersection so as to prevent protesters from reaching a police station was set on fire on Sunday
Bystanders watch as a dump truck burns near the police station in Kenosha on Sunday night
Angry residents gathered near the scene of the shooting in Kenosha on Sunday night
Police officers were heckled by local residents in the aftermath of the shooting
Several officers stand guard at the crime scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday
Protesters gathered at the site of the shooting on Sunday night in Kenosha
Reports of rioting prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency in the County of Kenosha
Protesters posted images from the scene in Kenosha. Many were heard chanting: 'No justice, no peace'
Tensions ran high near the crime scene on Sunday as neighbors gathered to vent their anger at police over the shooting
Locals reported that some protesters vandalized police cars by smashing windows. Others set fire to dump trucks
Several protesters jumped on top of police squad cars and smashed windows.
One video circulating on social media shows a Kenosha police officer collapse to the pavement after witnesses said he was struck with a brick.
Another video shows a row of protesters walking toward a line of police officers clad in riot gear as simmering tensions threaten to escalate the situation.
A dump truck that was parked at an intersection to prevent traffic from moving toward the police department was set on fire.
Several curious onlookers got close to the burning truck and started taking pictures, but others warned them that the fire could lead to an explosion and warned them to back away.
At 11:05pm, police formed a cordon around the front doors of the police station and then fired tear gas canisters in an effort to disperse a large crowd that had gathered there.
'No justice, no peace!' the crowd was heard chanting.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement on Sunday denouncing 'excessive use of force' by police
A man could be seen breaking the window of a patrol car parked along the street.
Some police officers were positioned on the roof of the station as people continued toward the building.
Outside the station, protesters faced off with officers who were dressed in riot gear that included plastic facemasks and held plastic shields and batons that they occasionally used to push people back.
A truck that was parked outside the courthouse in Kenosha was also set on fire.
Kenosha Police referred all questions to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which did not immediately respond to messages seeking to confirm details of the 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.
The city of Kenosha is located on Lake Michigan, about 40 miles south of Milwaukee.
A Kenosha Police Department dispatcher referred calls by The Associated Press to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the agency that will be investigating the shooting.
A message left with DOJ was not immediately returned.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement regarding the shooting late Sunday evening.
'Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,' the statement read.
'Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement saying he was 'hoping earnestly' that Blake 'would not succumb to his injuries'
He was airlifted to a hospital in Milwaukee, where he was listed in critical condition
Witnesses reported Blake was trying to break up an argument between two women moments before he was shot
'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.'
The governor continued: 'We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country - lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacy, and Sylville Smith.
'And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.'