August 25 Jacob Blake protests news

By Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 4:42 AM ET, Wed August 26, 2020
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8:55 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

An investigation into the shooting has begun

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said Monday an investigation into the Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake has kicked off, but is at its "earliest stages."

The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation, according to Graveley. Once their investigation is complete, the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office for review.

"We're asked to make two determinations based on the evidence that is presented," Graveley said. "One, did any officer, in this case, commit any crimes, and two, are there any crimes that we believe were committed that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt?"

"If those two things are concluded as a yes, then criminal charges would be brought at the end of that process," he added.

Following the shooting, two Wisconsin police officers were placed on administrative leave, but the local police union has urged the public to withhold judgment until "all the facts are known."

During a news conference Monday, Graveley said he hopes federal prosecutors will conduct a parallel civil rights investigation into Blake's shooting and "prosecute any alleged police misconduct."

8:43 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Protests erupted last night in Wisconsin and across the US

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

Buildings and cars in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were set on fire last night during protests reignited by the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.

Enraged demonstrators poured onto the streets after video of the shooting began circulating on social media, showing an officer grabbing on to the man's tank top. Seven shots are heard, followed by the sustained sound of a car horn.

Several businesses were on fire late Monday in Kenosha after demonstrators defied the 8 p.m. curfew authorities had set. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced National Guard members would also respond to the city to help "protect critical infrastructure, such as utilities and fire stations and to ensure Kenoshians are able to assemble safely."

Protesters elsewhere also marched Monday, including in New York City, Washington DC and Minneapolis, where at least five people were arrested.

"We will continue showing up until they're tired of killing us," one Manhattan protester told CNN affiliate WLNY.
8:34 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

A Black father was shot by police as his children watched, attorney says

From CNN's Harmeet Kaur

Protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, took to the streets last night to vent their anger over the Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake by police.

If you're just reading in this morning, here's what you need to know:

  • What happened: Blake, a 29-year-old Black father, was shot in the back multiple times by an officer on Sunday as he tried to enter an SUV. Blake's three young children were in the car when he was shot, the attorney representing his family said.
  • His condition: Blake was still in intensive care late yesterday, the lawyer said.
  • About the officers: Two Wisconsin police officers have been put on administrative leave as authorities investigate.
  • Earlier protests: The shooting comes as protesters continue to decry police violence on US streets after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.