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As the country continues to grieve the recent hugely publicized killing of the late George Floyd and the hundreds of Black lives who have been lost as a cause of police police brutality, news broke last night that an “officer involved shooting” took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
As many first believed that victim, an unarmed 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake, lost his life after suffering from seven gun shots by an officer, it is now being confirmed that Blake is out of surgery and is in stable condition. In a horrific video that exploded on to social media, you see Blake being struck with shots to his back at the hands of a Kenosha officer, wall while his three young children watched. Two police officers who were involved with the shooting have now been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is pending.
Attorney General Josh Kaul released a statement that did not give much detail about the shooting but expressed the following: “We understand that there is a need for this investigation to move swiftly. But we’re only going to do so to the extent that is consistent with protecting the integrity of this investigation, because it is vital we get as full and thorough investigation as possible so we can pursue justice fully in this case.”
As many celebs got ahold of the video, artists like Cardi B and 50 Cent proclaimed their disgust with the actions of the Kenosha police with Cardi commenting, “What’s going to be the excuse now ? They just don’t give a fuck nomore ! SOMETHING MUST HAPPEN !”
Blake’s father confirmed his son’s stable condition with a Facebook update which led to a sigh of relief for many.
Praying for your full recovery 🙏🏾#JUSTICEFORJACOBBLAKE pic.twitter.com/aA776giqDB
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 24, 2020