A 17-year-old man is charged with murder after shooting protesters in Kenosha. Meanwhile, Jacob Blake, seriously injured in a police operation, has to be handcuffed in hospital.
After fatal shots during protests in the American city of Kenosha, a previously arrested 17-year-old has been charged with two murders. He is charged, among other things, with attempted murder and illegal possession of weapons, according to court documents. Two people were killed and one injured in Kenosha on Wednesday evening. In any case, the incident in which one person was shot and another injured is captured on video.
The protests in Kenosha erupted after a black American was shot in the back during a police operation on Sunday. There were also acts of violence – buildings and cars were set on fire. The 17-year-old, who officially lives in neighboring Illinois, ran into a group of armed civilians who said they wanted to protect property, according to eyewitness accounts and videos posted online. He was arrested in Illinois on Wednesday.
On Thursday night, Kenosha was largely silent, as the town’s sheriff and police chief said. At the same time, the police announced that they had arrested several people from another state because they suspected that these people were planning “criminal activities” on the margins of the protests.
Jacob Blake is conscious
The father of the family Jacob Blake, who was seriously injured by seven bullets in the police operation on Sunday, is conscious in the hospital, his father told the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. Although paralyzed from the waist down, he was handcuffed to the bed, Jacob Blake Sr.
A video from the police operation shows Blake walking to his car, followed by two police officers with their weapons drawn. One of the weapons is pointed at his back. When Blake opens the driver’s door and leans against the car, it fires. Blake’s three, five, and eight-year-old children were in the car.
Blake had a knife in his vehicle, Wisconsin Attorney General Joshua Kaul said Wednesday. The blade was fixed to the interior floor on the driver’s side. The man had previously told police “at one point” that he had a knife, Kaul said. No other weapons were found in the car. Kaul gave no further information about the course of the incident. The police in Kenosha do not yet have cameras on their bodies. The course of the incident, which was videotaped by eyewitnesses, had led to allegations of unjustified police brutality.