Jacob Blake Is ‘Still Alive’ After Cops Shot Him 7 Times in Front of Kids, His Attorney Says
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Jacob Blake, an unarmed 29-year-old Black father, is in serious condition after he was shot seven times by Kenosha police.

Per a press release from the Kenosha Police Department issued on Sunday, authorities arrived at the 2800 block of 40th Street to respond to a “domestic incident” at around 5:11 p.m. that evening.

According to a graphic video posted to the Twitter account of @davenewworld_2, numerous cops can be seen following an unarmed Black man from the passenger side of a car toward the driver’s door, which he started to enter.

One of the cops is then seen grabbing and pulling the man’s T-shirt from behind with one hand while holding a gun in the other. The officer is then seen firing seven shots at the man, later identified as Jacob Blake.

The release says that officers immediately provided aid to the wounded man before he was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

On Sunday night, attorney Ben Crump — known for representing the family of George Floyd — said Blake was “apparently breaking up a fight between two women.”

Crump also said that Blake’s three sons — ages 3, 5, and 8 — were in the car, and witnessed their father get shot multiple times in the back.

A man identified as Blake’s friend told local news that Jacob had just left a birthday celebration for one of his sons prior to the shooting.

Per WTMJ-TV, the incident sparked protests Sunday night, which began at the scene of the shooting and then moved to outside the police station. The outlet reported that demonstrators started fires in dumpsters and at a nearby car lot.

Early Monday, WTMJ-TV reporter Lauren Linder said Blake’s brother told her that Jacob underwent surgery and was transferred to the ICU.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, Crump announced that he is now representing Blake and his family, and that they will “seek justice” and “demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department.”

The statement also claims Blake was “trying to deescalate a domestic incident” and walked away from the cops in order to “check on his children.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation said in a statement Monday that they are leading an investigation into the shooting, and that all involved officers are fully cooperating.

The statement also said that the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.

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