August 24 Jacob Blake protests news

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes, Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 2:21 p.m. ET, January 18, 2021
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5:17 p.m. ET, August 24, 2020

Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, mayor says

From CNN's Raja Razek

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian uses a bull horn to talk to people gathered in front of the police station on Monday, August 24,  in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian uses a bull horn to talk to people gathered in front of the police station on Monday, August 24, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mayor John Antaramian said in a news conference Monday that the Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras. 

"The purchase of body cameras has been under budget for a while. And part of the issue had been in dealing with the state, getting the state to change the law and how much, how long you have to hold the material," Antaramian said. "And so they did make that modification which makes it financially affordable for communities to actually have the bodycams." 

Antaramian did confirm police cars do have dashcams. 

Asked if there is dashcam video of last night's incident, the mayor said he could not confirm and would have to check. 

5:04 p.m. ET, August 24, 2020

NBA star LeBron James addresses Jacob Blake shooting: "We want JUSTICE"

From CNN's Cesar Marin

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James had a strong, passionate response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, the Black man shot and critically injured by an officer with the Kenosha Police Department Sunday afternoon.

James called for justice in a Twitter post which links to video showing the incident.

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This sh*t is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE," he tweeted.

2:16 p.m. ET, January 18, 2021

Authorities impose curfew in Kenosha County

 From CNN’s Jennifer Selva

Police in riot gear stand outside the Kenosha County Court House Monday, Aug. 24, in Kenosha, Wisc. Kenosha police shot a man Sunday evening, setting off unrest in the city after a video appeared to show the officer firing several shots at close range into the man's back. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Police in riot gear stand outside the Kenosha County Court House Monday, Aug. 24, in Kenosha, Wisc. Kenosha police shot a man Sunday evening, setting off unrest in the city after a video appeared to show the officer firing several shots at close range into the man's back. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Morry Gash/AP

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department has ordered all residents in the Wisconsin county to stay inside starting at 8 p.m. CT tonight.

"The public needs to be off the streets for their safety. The curfew will be enforced until 7:00 AM," the sheriff's department said in a Facebook post.

The curfew comes after a night of unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

Kenosha is a city of 100,000 located on the Lake Michigan coastline between Chicago and Milwaukee. 

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian also confirmed in a news conference Monday that the National Guard has been called into the city. 

Update: Since this item posted, Jacob Blake has confirmed in interviews that he did have a knife.

2:17 p.m. ET, January 18, 2021

Wisconsin attorney general says state's Justice Department is "vigorously" investigating shooting

From CNN's Mayra Cuevas

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal/AP/FILE

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Monday his agency “will unwaveringly pursue justice" in the case involving the shooting of a Black man in Kenosha.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake by the Kenosha Police Department.

“The Wisconsin Department of Justice is vigorously and thoroughly investigating yesterday’s officer-involved shooting in Kenosha. As with all investigations we conduct, we will unwaveringly pursue justice in this case,” Kaul said in a statement. “I hope for a full recovery for the man fighting for his life. He and his family are in my thoughts, as is the entire Kenosha community. In most cases, including this case, Wisconsin state law grants primary prosecutorial authority to the district attorney, who decides whether to file charges. We will work closely with the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office throughout this case.”

Update: Since this item posted, Jacob Blake has confirmed in interviews that he did have a knife. 

3:49 p.m. ET, August 24, 2020

Trump campaign adviser says it's "too early" to comment on shooting

From CNN's DJ Judd

Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller declined to weigh in on the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Speaking to Bob Costa of the Washington Post, Miller said, “I think it's too early. I don't want to offer political commentary on that just yet."

"I want to make sure that we have the facts," he added.
3:11 p.m. ET, August 24, 2020

Jacob Blake was shot 7 times, Wisconsin official says

From CNN’s Mayra Cuevas

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes delivers a statement in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 24.
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes delivers a statement in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 24. Wisconsin Gov. Office

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said Jacob Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha Police Department. 

“Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his children. And let me be clear, this was not an accident. This was not bad police work. This felt like some sort of vendetta being taking out on a member of our community,” he said in a live message streamed today. 

“The officers’ daily actions attempted to take a person’s life in broad daylight,” he added.  

According to Barnes, Blake was trying to deescalate a situation in his community.

“The irony is not lost on me that as Jacob Blake was actually trying to deescalate a situation in his community, but the responding officer didn’t feel the need to do the same,” he said.

A graphic video purported to be of the shooting was posted to Facebook. Police said they were called to the address for a domestic disturbance, but it is unclear what happened before the video recording began.

2:17 p.m. ET, January 18, 2021

Wisconsin governor calls for special legislative session and urges lawmakers to take up police bill

From CNN’s Mayra Cuevas

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivers a statement in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 24.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivers a statement in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 24. Wisconsin Gov. Office

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called for a special legislative session on Monday, one day after Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha police.

Evers wants lawmakers to take up a bill package his office proposed earlier in the year to “increase accountability and transparency in policing,” address inappropriate use of force, and prohibit dangerous policing practices.  

In a video of the incident taken by a bystander, Kenosha police officers are seen shooting Blake.

“We will continue to stand with those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country,” Evers said. “We also stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”  

“We must offer our empathy. We must see the trauma, fear and exhaustion of being Black in our state and our country,” he added.   

Update: Since this item posted, Jacob Blake has confirmed in interviews that he did have a knife.

2:18 p.m. ET, January 18, 2021

Jacob Blake's uncle says the family is "devastated and outraged"

From CNN’s Sara Sidner 

Justin Blake — uncle to Jacob Blake, who was shot by Kenosha police on Sunday — told CNN he was “devastated and outraged” after watching the video of his nephew being shot.  

“It is outrageous. Who was he threatening? He had a tank top and shorts on. He had no weapon. He was going back to the car because the children needed to be checked on,” he said.  

“The police were called for a domestic disturbance but Jacob had nothing to do with the fight. This has got to stop,” he said. 

Update: Since this item posted, Jacob Blake has confirmed in interviews that he did have a knife.

2:21 p.m. ET, January 18, 2021

The man who filmed shooting: "It was so traumatic"

From CNN’s Polo Sandoval and Sarah Jorgensen

Raysean White, the man who filmed the altercation between Jacob Blake and the Kenosha Police Department, said the Sunday shooting is another example on a long list of Black people shot by police.

"He's just another example of George, Breonna Taylor. I'm glad he didn't die," White told CNN's Polo Sandoval. "This is constantly showing Black people not to trust the police."

White said his video further documents police violence against unarmed Black men and women.

"This is showing proof of how the police officers, like, constantly killing Black unarmed Black men for no reason — because they have a badge, and they feel like they have power to shoot," he said.

Just seeing and filming the shooting was traumatizing, White said — but he also felt like he easily been the one shot.

"It could have been me, too. I stood right here, it could have been me," he said. "I'm just witnessing it, recording it. I was so angry," he said.

"It was so traumatic," White added.

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Update: Since this item posted, Jacob Blake has confirmed in interviews that he did have a knife.