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The shooting occurred at around 5 p.m. as officers were responding to what they called a “domestic incident.” The victim was immediately taken to a hospital by the police, according to a Kenosha police department statement. No further explanation was given by the police as to what led to the shooting.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice said early on Monday that officers involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave.
The state’s Division of Criminal Investigation said it would aim to issue a report to prosecutors within 30 days, according to U.S. media reported.
Governor Evers, in a tweet, said Blake had been “shot in the back multiple times in broad daylight,” adding: “We stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”
He said that while full details of the incident had yet to emerge, Blake was among Black people to have been injured or “mercilessly killed” by police in the United States.
“We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity and accountability for Black lives in our country,” Evers said, mentioning Floyd and other victims of brutal law enforcement.
“We’re tired of it…We’re tired of it,” Clyde McLemore, who local Kenosha TV identified as part of a nearby chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, said at the scene:. “The frustration is boiling to the top and we’re sick and tired.” (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich)