JAKE Blake’s family say there’s no justification for his police shooting amid calls for one cop to be charged with attempted murder.
On Sunday evening, shocking footage of the unarmed 29-year-old black man being shot in the back eight times by Kenosha police emerged on Facebook.
Police were responding to a domestic dispute, which Blake was reportedly not involved in, before he was gunned down in front of his three sons trying to enter a grey SUV.
A male witness told KARE-11 Blake wasn't armed or aggressive when he tried to break up the fight between two women before he was shot on 40th Street at around 5pm.
After Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers condemned the "excessive use of force" in front of Blake's kids amid demands that the officer be brought to justice, his family have spoken out.
In an emotional video posted to his Instagram Stories, his dad Jacob Blake (Sr) said there was no justification for the horrific shooting of his son.
"Thanks for the prayers and the concerns," he said. "See this sh** out here is real.
"The sh** I tell y'all about it's real, man. So no matter what they say, it doesn't justify shooting my son in the back eight times."
"None of that sh** is justified by what they did to my son," Blake (Sr) continued. "After surgery one is stable. Stable. Still here.
"You hit him with eight shots. You can't take nothing that's not yours. Forget it."
Blake came out of surgery this morning and remains in ICU, according to reports.
"We will continue to pray as he fights," one family member wrote on Twitter as the protests continue.
"We will not excuse the actions of the Kenosha Police department, but his mother asks everyone to please remain peaceful."
Hours after his shooting, Blake's sister appealed for people to "please pray for my family."
"U got this twin," she captioned two pictures of him.
Another family member called Monique Sheree Allen re-shared his video on Facebook, describing how she couldn't sleep after the horrific shooting.
"I cnt sleep [sic]," she wrote. "I already got anxiety bad asf. But Jake is stable.
"He’s gonna fight and make it through this. Thank U big Jake for confirmation."
In another chilling status, she described how Blake had previously told people "if the police ever shot him TURN THE F*** UP."
"That don't make no sense to treat somebody like that, who is not armed, with the kids in the back screaming," Blake's fiance, Laquisha Booke, told WLS.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) confirmed the incident is being investigated in a press release.
The officers involved have all been place on administrative leave.
"Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Gov Evers tweeted last night.
“Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries.
“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."
“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.”
Later that evening, furious crowds gathered at the scene and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, according to reports on social media.
Amid the ongoing protests in The Badger State, a Change.org petition has been set up calling for the cops involved to be charged.
"The cops who shot him need to be charged with at least attempted murder," its description read. "Jacob Blake needs our help fighting for justice.
"Please sign this petition and share with friends and family to help him and his family. All love to you guys."
It has amassed 15,233 signature out of its 25,000 goal as of Monday morning.
Meanwhile, Kenosha County was forced to close the The Kenosha County Courthouse and Administration Building "due to damage sustained during last night's civil unrest" their Twitter statement read.
The cops who shot him need to be charged with at least attempted murder.
A citywide curfew was issued until 7am on Monday morning
As the demonstrations continue, trial lawyer and civil rights advocate Benajmin Crump has demanded action on Twitter.
"Jacob Blake’s 3 SONS were IN THE CAR he was getting into when @KenoshaPolice shot him tonight," the attorney wrote. "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!! #JusticeForJacobBlake."
Blake was transferred to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after he was shot, the WI DOJ said, where he remains in a serious condition.
DCI, Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff's Office are heading up the investigation.
The Kenosha shooting comes three months after George Floyd's police custody death in Minneapolis triggered outrage and demonstrations across the United States.
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